Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway hopes her fear of heights, insects and bugs in the Jungle will give the nation a laugh and provide much needed light relief from the Brexit political wrangles. And the 52-year-old news junkie jokes she is going to ban everyone in the camp talking about whether Britain should ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ in Europe.
“I am a news junkie and I can’t remember a time when I haven’t read a paper or even when I am abroad, watched the news on a TV or your phone. But maybe one of the joys of doing I’m a Celebrity will be not talking about Brexit! Maybe that could be this year’s thing and nobody is allowed to talk about Brexit because I have been talking about Brexit since the year before the referendum!”
“I am terrified of all of the things in the Jungle, especially heights - it is the crazy heights on thin bits suspended on bits of metal or wood. Or if you are in a little box with creepy crawlies or snakes in it!”
“But I am excited about doing the show because as you get older, you realise you don’t get many chances for pure adventure in life. I am going to give it a good shot and everyone can have a laugh and I hope it takes their mind
Readily admitting she isn’t sure how she will fare with any of the challenges, Kate reveals her two children, Darcey and William, were also partly responsible for why she has decided to take part in this year’s I’m a Celebrity.
“They are partly responsible for me doing it because they love the show so much,” she explains.
“I don’t think they think I will be able to do it. Derek, my husband, is also
excited about me doing this."
She says her Good Morning Britain colleagues will have a shock when they find out she is taking part especially as she kept it a secret from them beforehand.
“I can’t trust them to keep a secret,” she says as she explains why she didn’t tell them.
“But I do think Ben Shepherd is going to be beyond delighted when he finds out as for years he has said ‘OMG I’d love to see you on the show. You are just so hilarious and I think you will be good’."
“He thinks I will be incredibly useless and I know he will have great pleasure seeing me squirm.”
When asked what role she will play around the campfire and Kate reveals she is ‘quite a good cook’. “But I think one of the worst crimes is probably to burn the rice when you are only given a little bit”.
She isn’t sure if she will get emotional during her time on the programme but she insists the boredom won’t bother her.
“I think that will be the fun bit,” she declares.
“It’s a chance to get to know your campmates. I do like to talk! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone.”
“I’d love the Queen to join us in the camp! She’s so strong and tough, she’d take no nonsense! Everyone would be so gripped by her stories that you would never get bored. She would be the ultimate campmate but I think she might
be a bit busy.”
Does Kate see herself as Queen of the I’m a Celebrity Jungle?
“Oh gosh that is not what it is about for me,” she replies.
“This is about having an amazing adventure. It’s not going to happen… Let’s not dream!”
Phobias: Spiders, heights, being in a box covered with snakes - I am terrified of absolutely everything.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: Nothing, I want to go in the Jungle and fly the flag for the older woman.
Role in the camp: Cooking for everyone.
Miss most: My family and not being able to check the news headlines about
the latest Brexit developments.
Dream camper: The Queen - she would be the best campmate in the world!
Missing any special occasion: Lorraine Kelly’s 60th party and Richard Arnold’s 50th party!
Relationship status: Married
I'm A Celebrity begins, Sunday 17 November 2019, on ITV/STV/UTV at 21:00.