Im A Celeb bosses stuck in talks with Nigel Farage over rule change before show

Im A Celeb bosses stuck in talks with Nigel Farage over rule change before show

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is in serious talks with Nigel Farage’s team about making an exception for the Brexit Party leader about one important rule.

It has been heavily rumoured that Nigel, 59, has signed up for this year’s show.

Farage could be joining the likes of Jamie Lynn Spears – who is the younger sister to Britney Spears – and This Morning’s Josie Gibson who have both been tipped to be on the line-up.

I’m A Celeb contestants are subject to strict rules in camp – one being a smoking ban.

According to an insider, Farage’s representatives are in big discussions to come to a potential compromise for him to smoke cigarettes during his stint in the jungle.

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Speaking in a recent interview on the Paper Cuts podcast, political journalist Ava Evans said: “Would you like some insider knowledge of why Nigel Farage was considering not doing it? It is the smoking ban.” 

“You can’t smoke and he is a very heavy smoker”, Ava told host Miranda Sawyer.

Ava proceeded to claim that producers are now in talks with Nigel team to come to a potential compromise.

She added: “I think that’s being negotiated. “That was a discussion that Chris Moyles also had last year because he is also a very heavy smoker.”

Other past I’m A Celebrity stars who manged to get around this rule include Kerry Katona and Jenny McAlpine. They were seen on the show puffing away on camera during their stints.

ITV has claimed that there is no smoking ban, however, stars with a nicotine habit must only light up in an allocated area. 

A show source told The Sun in 2019: “Celebrities who smoke are allowed to smoke in camp. “They have to smoke near the campfire and then put stubs out in the fire”. 

Nigel Farage has never hidden his smoking habit, and has been photographed puffing on cigarettes on multiple occasions throughout his political career.

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Just last month, he criticised Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s proposed law stopping anyone aged 14 or under from being able to buy cigarettes. 

During an interview on Good Morning Britain, Farage said: “‘How a man that clever can bring in such a stupid law”, during the tense interview.

He continued by adding that to ignore the drug epidemic and focus on cigarettes is “a mistake.”

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