I’m A Celebrity winner Jill Scott says she was paid ‘a lot lower’ than Matt Hancock

I'm A Celebrity 2022 winner Jill Scott has admitted that she was paid "a lot lower" than Matt Hancock to appear on the ITV jungle series.

It is believed that former health secretary Matt, 44, was paid £320,000 for his controversial appearance on IAC – and donated less than 5% of the money to charity, despite a promise made to constituents.

The former health secretary appeared on the show while parliament was sitting last Autumn and had the Conservative Party whip suspended for jetting off to Australia when he should have been focussing on his work as an MP.

During Friday's episode of Good Morning Britain, England Lioness Jill, 35, appeared in the studio to talk about life after the jungle.

However, chat soon turned to the reports surrounding Matt's fee as host Kate Garraway said: "It's emerged, I'm going to put you on the spot now because I was put on the spot with this, that Matt Hancock was paid more than £320,000?"

To which Jill hilariously joked: "Right, I'm going to complain!" Kate then asked: "Higher or lower for you?"

With Jill admitting: "A lot lower! If I got that, I could have opened another coffee shop!"

It comes as the release of the MP’s register of financial interests shows his I'm A Celeb pay packet was a whooping £320,000, while the Mirror has revealed the amount donated to charity is £10,000.

A spokesperson for the politician-turned-reality TV star told the publication : "As well as raising the profile of his dyslexia campaign in front of 11-million viewers, Matt's donated £10,000 to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk and the British Dyslexia Association, off the back of his appearance on I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here."

They are yet to comment on if more cash will make its way to charitable foundations.

Matt emerged from the Australian jungle in third place behind actor Owen Warner and England professional footballer Jill, following the show’s conclusion in November.

Records on the MP’s register showed that on December 14 2022, the West Suffolk MP received £320,000 from Lifted Entertainment, ITV Studios, for the appearance, which lasted 30 days – a total of 720 hours.

The register also showed that he had been paid £48,000 for an interview and the serialisation of his book, Pandemic Diaries, in the Daily Mail and Mail On Sunday newspapers.

Matt's appearance on the ITV show was controversial and his decision prompted criticism from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and other top Tories, as well as mockery from some fellow MPs.

More than 1,000 complaints were made to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom over his participation.

While in the jungle he also received a grilling from his campmates, including Culture Club singer Boy George and ITV broadcaster Charlene White, over his behaviour during the pandemic.


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