I'm A Celebrity's Matt Hancock branded a **** by BBC Radio 2 listener live on air

A BBC Radio 2 listener used a four-letter expletive to describe Matt Hancock credit:Bang Showbiz
A BBC Radio 2 listener used a four-letter expletive to describe Matt Hancock credit:Bang Showbiz

A BBC Radio 2 listener branded Matt Hancock a "****" in a live call with DJ Sara Cox.

The caller, introduced as Jesse from Devon, called into Sara Cox's All Request Friday drivetime show and blurted out the four-letter expletive about the 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' contestant – who served as the UK's Health Secretary during the coronavirus pandemic - as he asked for the song 'Don't Stop Me Now' by Queen.

Asked to introduce his song by Sara, the listener said: "We're playing 'Don't Stop Me Now' by Queen because Matt Hancock's a ****."

The shocked 47-year-old broadcaster stepped in and apologised to listeners for the foul language.

Sara said: "OK, so we've got cut him off there. This is live radio this kind of thing happens. I can only apologise if you've got children listening. I'm going to play the tune. Huge apologies, it is live and here's the song."

Hancock's appearance on the ITV reality show has caused controversy and a banner was recently flown above the set in Australia imploring the Conservative MP to "get out" of the jungle.

Campaign group 38 Degrees have claimed responsibility for the message, which read "Covid Bereaved say get out of here", on behalf of the group COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK.

Matthew McGregor, chief executive of 38 Degrees, said: "No-one has forgotten how Matt Hancock conducted himself during the Covid-19 pandemic: not the general public, not his campmates, and certainly not those who lost loved ones.

"Our message emblazoned across the skies makes crystal clear to Matt Hancock: you should be representing the people of West Suffolk and giving Covid Bereaved Families the answers they deserve, rather than playing games for dingo dollars, plastic stars and a [reported] £400,000 pay check."

Hancock was suspended by the Conservative party earlier this month after it was announced that he would be appearing on the programme.

Adulterous Hancock was forced to resign as Health Secretary in June 2021 for breaking his own social distancing guidelines after he was caught kissing aide Gina Coladangelo, who is now his girlfriend.