Matt Hancock wanted to work with Bear Grylls.
The former Conservative MP - who is due to appear on the upcoming series of 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here' - was reportedly interested in working with the survival expert on TV because he wanted to "reinvent himself" as an action hero.
A source told The Mirror: "We took the call in February and his aide made no secret of the fact that he was keen to work with Bear Grylls. He said Hancock would be a great asset because he is 'such a fun guy'."
The insider went on to claim that the former Health Secretary, 44, - who was suspended from the Conservative Party on Tuesday (01.11.22) after it was revealed he was entering the Australia jungle-based ITV show - had made "similar enquiries" about teaming up with 'The Island' star even before COVID-19 hit.
The source added: "This isn't the first time he'd asked about working with Bear. Similar enquiries were made before the pandemic. He clearly fancies himself as some sort of superstar boy scout."
Shortly after it was announced that Matt will be heading Down Under to take part in 'I'm a Celebrity, he explained that he will be using his TV stint to "raise awareness" of the neurological condition dyslexia, which he was diagnosed with at the age of 18.
He said: "I want to raise the profile of my dyslexia campaign to help every dyslexic child unleash their potential — even if it means taking an unusual route to get there . . . via the Australian jungle! I’m A Celebrity . . . is watched by millions of Brits up and down the country. I want to use this incredible platform to raise awareness, so no child leaves primary school not knowing if they have dyslexia."
'I'm a Celeb' returns on Sunday (06.11.22), when pop icon Boy George, 'Coronation Street' star Sue Cleaver, 'Hollyoaks' actor Owen Warner, former England rugby player Mike Tindall, radio presenter Chris Moyles, England Lioness Jill Scott, comedian Babatunde Aleshe, former 'Love Island' star Olivia Attwood, and TV presenters Charlene White and Scarlette Douglas will enter the camp Down Under.