The former Health Secretary snubbed ITV’s breakfast show on Monday morning after finishing in third place on the reality show last night, while Queen of the Jungle Jill Scott appeared on the episode, as did runner-up Owen Warner and fourth placed Mike Tindall.
Speaking on air, presenter Susanna Reid said: ‘Matt Hancock has pulled out of doing any interviews. Why do you think that is?’
Her co-host Ed Balls suggested the MP was ‘probably tired’ from grueling reality show, while the actual reason he didn’t join his fellow campmates in the traditional post-show interview rounds was not confirmed.
Meanwhile, it’s said Hancock won’t be absent from all ITV daytime shows following his stint in the jungle, but viewers will have to wait until he’s returned from Australia.
‘Matt Hancock will appear on ITV daytime but only once he is back in the UK later on this week,’ an insider told the Daily Mirror.
The MP missed the GMB interview, but he did speak to I’m A Celebrity duo Ant and Dec on Sunday as he was once again asked why he decided to join the programme.
Reiterating what he’d said in the jungle about wanting to seem ‘human’ as a politician, he responded: ‘Well I just wanted – well I said this in there. But I just wanted to show what I’m just like as a person. Lots of people come to me with preconceived ideas for obvious reasons and I just wanted to be myself.
‘But I also actually strongly believe that for politicians as a whole. We don’t come across as human enough and this is probably the most extreme way of just showing who you are. I’m the guy who throws myself into things.’
He also referenced the ‘important’ conversations he and the other celebrities had in camp, including discussing dyslexia – which Hancock was criticised by viewers for not bringing up earlier, despite claiming that one of his main reasons for taking part was to raise awareness of the learning disability.
And when the 44-year-old politician was asked if he expected to be grilled by the other stars appearing on the show, he admitted it didn’t came as a surprise.
‘Of course. I was expecting that, and some of those grillings are, some were really enjoyable in the release, ‘cause I can just say exactly what I thought,’ he added. ‘And some of them were really… well you saw, were very emotional about some of the parts of my past that everybody knows about.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV1.
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