‘I think its dystopian and barbaric’: The Word on the Street on politicians on reality TV shows

The Word on the Street. Pic: Victoria Jones/PA Wire. Design: Harry Merrell

Words by Kate Balding and Mekdes Kabeto. Design by: Harry Merrell

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here hosts, Ant and Dec, called for ‘no more politicians’ on the reality TV show, which this year includes Nigel Farage, the ex-leader of the UK Independence Party. The duo made the comments during an Instagram livestream with fans on Saturday following two weeks of #BoycottImaCeleb circulating on social media after it was announced the politically divisive Farage would earn 1.5m for his appearance.

The show’s opening episode on November 19 had two million fewer viewers than last year.

Farage is not the first politician to join a reality show. follows in the footsteps of former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock in 2022, now-leader of the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt who took part in ITV’s reality show Splash! in 2014, former Home Office minister, Ann Widdecombe who starred on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010 and George Galloway the then Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow who appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

Yet many share Ant and Dec’s opinion that elected representatives have no place on reality TV. Eastlondonlines took to the streets of Deptford to ask if people agreed.

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