Nigel Havers jokes he 'wanted to kill someone' when he was on I'm A Celebrity

The actor did a stint in the ITV jungle in 2010

CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Nigel Havers attends day 2 'Ladies Day' of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2019 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Nigel Havers was a camper in 2010. (Indigo/Getty Images)

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Nigel Havers has admitted he “hated” his I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! experience and joked he “wanted to kill someone” when he was in the jungle.

The Coronation Street actor was a camper in the 2010 series of the ITV show but quit after objecting to a task that involved mild electric shocks, fuming at the time: “I'm not up for it, I don’t do electric shocks so I’m leaving. I cannot waste another second of my life.”

The star, who shared the camp with the likes of Lembit Opik, Alison Hammond, Gillian McKeith and eventual winner Stacey Solomon, has now told just how much he disliked his jungle stint. Speaking on This Morning, Havers joked that if he had stayed he would have killed one of his campmates.

What, how, and why?

He opened up about I’m A Celebrity as he was interviewed by presenter and recent camper Josie Gibson. Her co-host Rylan suggested that she had “hated” the experience but Gibson - who came fourth and was the highest placed female in the 2023 series – said it was just that it was “harder than I thought”.

Nigel Havers didn't enjoy I'm A Celebrity. (ITV screengrab)
Nigel Havers didn't enjoy I'm A Celebrity. (ITV screengrab)

Havers didn’t hold back, telling the pair: “I hated it and that’s not even a strong enough word!"

"It’s the boredom that got me and also I wanted to kill someone and I thought if I don’t get out I am going to kill this person,” said the star, who walked out after 10 days.

The star didn’t elaborate but in 2018 he joked on Good Morning Britain: “If I’d stayed there I would have killed somebody, his name was Lembit Opik and I was just about to murder him.” “It was very simple, I was just going to strangle him in the night,” he quipped.

Lembit Opik leaving the HQ of the Liberal Democrats in Cowley Street, London, after the announcement that Sir Menzies Campbell had resigned as party leader.
Lembit Opik was a camper in 2010. (PA Images/Alamy)

What else happened on This Morning?

During Havers’ chat with Gibson, she commiserated about some elements of the show and explained she’d had bad luck with the weather in the Australian jungle. “It did rain consecutively I think for over two and half weeks,” she said.

“I think that’s what it was, you never get dry and you are constantly trying to get dry. They only give you two pairs of socks. You are forever damp.”

Josie Gibson had a very wet jungle experience. (ITV)
Josie Gibson had a very wet jungle experience. (ITV)

“And that smoke coming off the fire,” Havers said. “And you stink,” Gibson added. The actor agreed: “And you stink, and that’s only the beginning!”

The last series of I’m A Celebrity was won by Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson, with boxer Tony Bellew second and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage third.

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