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Charlene White is the FIRST star to be eliminated from I’m A Celebrity

Charlene White was voted to be the first campmate to be eliminated from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on Friday night’s episode.

The presenter, 42, was sadly booted from the Australian jungle and had to bid farewell to her fellow celebrity castmates.

Also at risk of elimination was Sue Cleaver, who was narrowly spared in the first public vote of the series.

Farewell! Charlene White was voted to be the first campmate to be eliminated from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on Friday night’s episode

Reunited! She was met by her sister Carena on the iconic bridge as she left the jungle

Crossing the iconic bridge and joining hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnolly to talk about her exit, Charlene was thrilled to be given a glass of champagne.  

She was then played a montage of her best bits during her time in the camp, which showed her cooking for her fellow campmates and taking on the challenges.

Ant and Dec then quizzed Charlene, who works for ITV as a newsreader, on her conversations about politics with Matt Hancock, asking about their relationship. 

When asked if she was shocked as he entered the jungle, she said: ‘I was surprised and also not surprised, I may be in the jungle but journalism is still my first job and I asked questions I thought the public would want me to. And I had to stay impartial, which was hard.’ 

Heading home: The presenter, 42, was sadly booted from the Australian jungle and had to bid farewell to her fellow celebrity castmates

Exit: It came after Charlene White was considered the bookies’ favourite to be booted first from I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!

However, she admitted that he did make some ‘wonderful’ connections with the other campmates and said that she did ‘get on’ with the Tory MP. 

Speaking about the criticism she received for not sleeping in the comfy RV alongside Matt, a privilege for the camp leaders, Charlene said she was concerned about ‘impartiality’. 

‘I thought it would be really difficult doing my job once I’d spent the night with a politician – not in that way,’ she said.

‘I had to think about the job I do when I get out of her and I didn’t want anyone to think my impartiality would go because I’d slept in the RV with him. And I said I would sleep in the hammock.’

Luxury: Crossing the iconic bridge and joining hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnolly to talk about her exit, Charlene was thrilled to be given a glass of champagne

Dodged it: Also at risk of elimination was Sue Cleaver, who was narrowly spared in the first public vote of the series

‘We wanted to give Owen the gift of learning to cook more than stir frys!’

The day before her elimination, in scenes aired earlier on Friday’s episode, Charlene also quit a gruelling Bushtucker trial and yelled ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here’.

Reflecting on her decision to withdraw from the trial, Charlene admitted that she was proud of herself for even giving it a try. 

She said: ‘You saw the way I crumbled yesterday! Now I slept on it, I could have said those words as soon as I walked in, but at least I tried. I was hungry and I was tired.’ 

Saying goodbye: In true I’m A Celeb style, Charlene was covered with red and gold confetti as she crossed the iconic bridge 

Earlier in the episode, Charlene had dramatically quit Friday night’s Watery Grave Bushtucker Trial that she did alongside Boy George. 

The Loose Women star burst into tears after the challenge, after yelling ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ 

Even before taking part in the challenge, which saw her and Boy George stand in watery tanks filled with sea creatures, she described the gruelling challenge as ‘her worst nightmare’.

Oh no! Earlier in the episode, Charlene had dramatically quit Friday night’s Watery Grave Bushtucker Trial that she did alongside Boy George  

The pair had to pass stars to one another as their tanks, playfully called ‘tombs’ by hosts Ant and Dec, filled with water and live creatures including crabs, a baby crocodile, eels and water spiders. 

‘You might have to talk me through this George, help me try and not absolutely freak out,’ Charlene told him at the start of the challenge, with the panic starting to creep in. 

‘I don’t think I can do this. I’ve just come out of the water as I can’t get in with the eels,’ she added.

‘I was fine up until something else fell on me and I was like, ”I can’t.” I think I panicked. I got my head around it and then something else came and I crumbled,’ she said

‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! I was trying, I can’t,’ she said, before crying 

‘Calm down babe, you got this,’ Boy George told her. 

She soon quit the challenge after letting the fear get to her. 

‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! I was trying, I can’t,’ she said, before crying.

‘I was fine up until something else fell on me and I was like, ”I can’t.” I think I panicked. I got my head around it and then something else came and I crumbled,’ she said.

The challenge: The Loose Women star, 42, and the singer, 61, battled it out to win stars for camp, with the duo locked in tanks as they slowly filled with water and water-based creatures

She added: ‘I’m really disappointed in myself and disappointed for camp.’

Back in the camp, Charlene said she misses her children and was consoled by Sue Cleaver. 

‘I’d argue, if you look at your first day, what you did before you even got in here, and then if you look at what you were like the first night crying… you’ve conquered everything,’ Sue said. 

Panicking: At one point Charlene – who is bookies favourite to be voted out first – attempted to climb back up the ladder as she was joined in the tank by a rather large visitor

Reach for the stars: At one point she struggled to reach the top of the maze before successfully passing it through the slots over to George

 

It came after Charlene White was considered the bookies’ favourite to be booted first from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

A source told The Sun: ‘Talk has turned to the evictions as they know they’re any day now and a few of the big personalities have started to get the jitters.

‘Basically they are sh***ing themselves about being beaten by Matt. It would be a real dent to the ego if he proved more popular than them given everything he did during the pandemic.

‘They think it would be humiliating to go out first and leave him in camp sitting pretty.’

Addressing: Speaking about the criticism she received for not sleeping in the RV alongside Matt, a privilege for the camp leaders, Charlene said she was concerned about ‘impartiality’

Grinning: She flashed a huge smile as she left the jungle, becoming the first campmate to say farewell

Former Health Secretary Matt, 44, quit the role after controversially breaking his own lockdown rules by having an affair with aide Gina Coladangelo last year.

I’m A Celeb 2022: First Elimination Odds 

Charlene White – 4/6

Matt Hancock – 9/2

Sue Cleaver – 6/1

Scarlette Douglas – 7/1

Boy George – 8/1

Seann Walsh – 14/1

Babatunde Aleshe – 20/1

Chris Moyles – 20/1

Owen Warner – 33/1

Mike Tindall – 50/1

Jill Scott – 66/1

Now, Alex Apati, of bookie Ladbrokes, told MailOnline: ‘The odds suggest it’s Charlene who’ll be sent packing tonight, with punters seemingly still torn over what to do with Matt Hancock.’

Charlene’s odds are at 4/6 while Matt’s are 9/2, Sue Cleaver is 6/1, Scarlette Douglas is 7/1 and Boy George is 8/1.

Seann Walsh sits at 14/1 while Babatunde Aleshe is 20/1, so is Chris Moyles while Owen Warner is 33/1, Mike Tindall’s 50/1 and Jill Scott is 66/1.

It comes after Matt, Sue Cleaver and Jill Scott were all rewarded with a trip to the beach during Thursday evening’s episode of the reality show.

But the MP ruffled the feathers of his fellow campmates as he headed on the reward trip – with comedian Seann Walsh claiming that he was ‘having a holiday in here’.

And soap star Owen Warner was also feeling down, as he admitted to being ‘devastated’ not to be joining in on the beach trip.

The winning trio were rewarded with the trip after Jill, Mike Tindall, and Owen Warner were chosen by their campmates to take on the Scareground challenge which saw them write their co-stars names on balls, before putting them into a tombola. 

Three winners were picked out and Matt, Sue and Jill were able to escape the conditions of camp for the day. 

Leading the pack: It comes after Matt, Sue Cleaver (right) and Jill Scott (centre) were all rewarded with a trip to the beach during Thursday evening’s episode of the reality show

They were snapped on Wednesday as they arrived for the beach day by helicopter before enjoying some surf and turf.

And as they were informed of the reward during the episode, Matt told Jill: ‘You really, really deserve this after what you went through. And the fact that you’re so hungry.’ 

But Owen was less than impressed that he wouldn’t be heading on the trip, taking to the Bush Telegraph to explain that he was finding it difficult to be happy for his campmates. 

Not happy: But MP Matt ruffled the feathers of his fellow campmates as he headed on the reward trip

Tucking in: While their campmates were green with jealousy, Matt, Sue and Jill tucked into a tasty barbecue on the beach

‘I want to say that I’m not gutted, I want to be as happy as I can be for them, but I am “devo’d”. Sue didn’t really fancy it, Matt’s been here five minutes, Jill… Jill is a sweet, sweet soul, she’s an angel, I’m so happy for Jill,’ he shared.

While Seann jested that Matt had it easy in the jungle, telling the group: ‘Matt is having an absolute holiday here. Sat in that chair, has a sleep in that bed, then goes to the beach for the day.’

Boy George added: ‘Can I just cut you off there, he still has to be Matt Hancock.’ 

Putting on a brave face: Soap star Owen Warner was also feeling down, as he admitted to being ‘devastated’ not to be joining in on the beach trip

I’m A Celebrity 2022: All you need to know about this year’s show

While their campmates were green with jealousy, Matt, Sue and Jill tucked into a tasty barbecue on the beach – complete with sausages, king prawns and potato salad.

It was the latest of Matt’s victories, as he has been ruling the celebrities as camp leader – meaning he hasn’t needed to take part in any chores around the jungle.

Elsewhere in the episode, Charlene dared to raise the dire sleeping arrangements. 

Time of his life: It was the latest of Matt’s victories, as he has been ruling the celebrities as camp leader – meaning he hasn’t needed to take part in any chores around the jungle

The Loose Women star, 42, said she’s be happy to sleep in a hammock so that everyone can alternate between a flat bed for a good night’s sleep. 

It comes after her campmate Mike Tindall fumed at her because she refused to sleep in the RV alongside Matt Hancock, because she was worried about spiders.  

 ‘I’ve said that I’m fine sleeping in a hammock. We’ve all got to alternate. Even if I sleep in there [the RV] there will still be two people left in a hammock. We’ve all got to alternate so no-one spends seven days sleeping in it,’ she began.

‘I keep telling everyone that I’ll sleep in the hammock!’ Charlene White said she’s ‘fine’ to give up a bed on I’m a Celebrity on Thursday… after Mike Tindall said she’s ‘f***ing annoying him’ for refusing to sleep in the RV

She added in the Bush Telegraph: ‘I keep telling everyone that I’ll sleep in the hammock, which I’m really happy to do. I think maybe I need to be more forceful about it tonight.’

Campmate Owen, 23, said to Charlene: ‘I’ve got more chance of having a rest in it than you.’

Owen added that he refuses to let Charlene sleep in a hammock as she’s like his ‘mum’ in the jungle. 

Sweet: Owen added that he refuses to let Charlene sleep in a hammock as she’s like his ‘mum’ in the jungle

Annoyed: It comes after Mike fumed at Charlene after she refused to sleep in the RV during I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! on Wednesday

‘I feel like saying, go on, sleep in the hammock and I bet you, in the middle of the night, she’s going to sneak up to the RV and get in that bed,’ he said to camera.

‘Charlene’s like my mum in here, it’s like me putting my mum in a hammock whilst I’ve got a bed, so we’ll see.’

Owen had volunteered to sleep in a hammock so Seann Walsh, 36, could sleep on a flat bed.

Seann said in the Bush Telegraph: ‘Owen, god bless that man, he gave up his bed. I needed that sleep. I really, really, really, really, really, really needed that sleep.’ 

Later in the episode footballer Jill Scott had to be attended to by a medic after a cockroach got stuck in her ear. 

‘Come to the jungle they said, it would be fun they said’: I’m a Celeb’s Jill Scott was left horrified on Thursday’s show when she got a cockroach stuck in her ear during a trial

The sports star, 35, had the creepy-crawly stuck in her ear after competing in the Scareground trial, with the show’s super fans instantly comparing it to the iconic moment 2011 contestant Fatima Whitbread got a bug stuck up her nose.

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‘I’ve just got a cockroach stuck in my ear,’ Jill said, after competing for the beach day prize draw in the tough challenge. 

While the final moments saw Ant and Dec break the news to Boy George and Charlene that they would be facing the next Bushtucker trial, Watery Grave!.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Friday at 9pm on ITV1 and ITV Hub.

I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP

BOY GEORGE

BOY GEORGE

AGE: 61

CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star

PHOBIAS: Being scared

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs

ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges

DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!

CHRIS MOYLES

CHRIS MOYLES

AGE: 48

CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ

PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!

SUE CLEAVER

SUE CLEAVER

AGE: 59

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street

PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.

DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!

SCARLETTE DOUGLAS

SCARLETTE DOUGLAS

AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun

PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!

BABATÚNDÉ ALÉSHÉ

BABATÚNDÉ ALÉSHÉ

AGE: 36

CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian

PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp

DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football

SEANN WALSH

SEANN WALSH

AGE: 36

CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian

PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening! 

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go 

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener! 

DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat! 

MIKE TINDALL

MIKE TINDALL

AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall

PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person

DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!

OWEN WARNER

OWEN WARNER

AGE: 23

CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks

PHOBIAS: Snakes!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator

BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!

DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!

CHARLENE WHITE 

CHARLENE WHITE

AGE: 42

CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor

PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people

DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman

JILL SCOTT

JILL SCOTT

AGE: 35

CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness

PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day

BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest

DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.

OLIVIA ATTWOOD

OLIVIA ATTWOOD – EXITED THE SHOW

AGE: 31

CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star

PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness

MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding

ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh

BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour

DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell

MATT HANCOCK

MATT HANCOCK

AGE: 44

CLAIM TO FAME: Politician

PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too

ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too

Merry

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