Nigel Farage has confessed that he warned I’m A Celebrity executives to ‘go to hell’ after a heated argument about his bare bottom.
The former Ukip leader, 59, finished third on the reality show, after boxer Tony Bellew and Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson.
Farage, who was reported to be the highest-paid candidate ever, overcame his anxieties in the jungle, sparking massive controversy in the process.
But that wasn’t the end of it. The politician truly stripped naked in nude shower moments, which surprised his campmates (and spectators).
And now he’s acknowledged to breaking the rules and lashed out at ITV.
Farage revealed: ‘To be told to check yourself and to be told you must keep clean – and then to be told you can’t take your pants off in the shower struck me as contradictory.
‘I had a huge row. I was told in the interest of taste and in respect for the cameramen and women that I shouldn’t be doing this. I said, “Go to hell!”‘
He continued to The Sun: ‘Sam did not shower naked and Sam did not check himself. Sam woke up one morning screaming – the leech was huge. It was on his a*** and the sleeping bag looked like a murder scene.
‘So there were very good reasons [to be naked].
‘Afterwards my other campmates did the same, four other blokes stripped naked.’
Farage’s former campmate Frankie Dettori, who was the first to be evicted, previously stated that the celebs had been advised not to go for a wash naked, implying that Farage disobeyed the guidelines.
‘We were told to keep our swimmers on!’ he told The Sun.
‘The shower is miles away from the camp so we don’t know what’s going on. I am not going to go and spy on Nigel’s butt!’
When Josie Gibson and Danielle Harold walked in on Farage’s naked buttocks, they got more than they bargained for, with the EastEnders actress withdrawing and remarking, ‘That’s a sight… for sore eyes.’
She bumped into Josie on her way and giggled: ‘I just saw something I never thought I’d see: Nigel’s bare a***.’
Laughing back, the This Morning favourite responded: ‘I saw it on the first day! Considering he’s nearly 60 it ain’t too bad.’
Clearly Nigel’s bum has impressed his campmates, as Danielle added: ‘He looks good doesn’t he? Nice little bum.’
She then told the Bush Telegraph it was ‘the weirdest feeling’ seeing that ‘first thing in the morning’.
I’m A Celebrity is available to watch on ITVX.