Why Nigel Farage is such an unpopular I'm A Celebrity signing

The former UKIP leader has already prompted a boycott the show campaign - here's why some people don't like him.

I'm A Celebrity's Nigel Farage wants to show everyone he's a nice guy (ITV)
Nigel Farage is hoping to win over I'm A Celebrity viewers. (ITV)

Nigel Farage has already caused controversy for I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! before the series has even started.

Campaign group Best for Britain is encouraging people to boycott the ITV show which has signed him up as a campmate, with claims that 1,000 people have already complained to hosts Ant and Dec ahead of the 2023 series launch on Sunday.

But why is Nigel Farage so unpopular? Take a look back at his controversies over the years.

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UKIP leader

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 2: Former Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage attends day two of the Conservative Party Conference 2023 on October 2, 2023 in Manchester, England. Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt will deliver his keynote speech to delegates at The Conservative Party Conference, at Manchester Central, and is expected to announce changes to the UK's benefits system and raise the living wage. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Nigel Farage's political views have caused some controversy. (Getty Images)

Farage's best-known political role was as leader of UKIP, a far right party that campaigned for the UK to leave the EU.

Many of its policies made people uncomfortable, including calls for strict limits on immigration and migrants needing to wait five years before they could claim benefits.

However, in 2018 he quit the party after new leader Gerard Batten brought in English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson as an adviser - a move too far even for Farage.

He said: "The very idea of Tommy Robinson being at the centre of the Brexit debate is too awful to contemplate."

Brexit Party

Nigel Farage doing a speech
Nigel Farage has been controversial as a result of his political views and career (Getty)

Brexit had been a pet issue of Farage's for much of his political career, so after leaving UKIP he went hard on pushing Brexit through as part of the newly formed party.

It later rebranded as Reform UK, but Farage came under criticism for quitting the party after it had achieved its aims, but not sticking around to take accountability for the difficulties that leaving the EU had brought with it.

Views on migrants

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2023/10/07: Former Reform UK leader Nigel Farage addresses the conference. Reform UK was formed in 2018 from the ashes of the Brexit Party. It was led by Nigel Farage until March 2021 when Richard Tice became its current leader. They are planning to stand in every seat in the upcoming general election. (Photo by Martin Pope/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Nigel Farage has aired some strong views on immigration. (LightRocket via Getty Images)

Although Farage left UKIP over what he called its "anti-Muslim fixation", his own views are controversial.

His opinions on immigration have led to accusations of racism.

Notable lows have included blaming his lateness at an event on immigration. He said, "A country in which the population is going through the roof chiefly because of open-door immigration and the fact that the M4 is not as navigable as it used to be."

Once he said he felt "uncomfortable" hearing people talk in different languages in public.

At his party’s annual conference in Torquay in 2014, Mr Farage said: "It was rush hour, from Charing Cross, it was the stopper going out. We stopped at London Bridge, New Cross, Hither Green.

"It wasn’t until after we got past Grove Park that I could actually hear English being audibly spoken in the carriage. Does that make me feel slightly awkward? Yes."

Plus, UKIP's campaign poster claiming that immigrating was at "breaking point" was reported to police for inciting racial hatred.

UKIP's campaign poster sparked complaints (
UKIP's campaign poster sparked complaints (Getty)

Farage has also called for a ban on people with HIV being allowed to migrate to the UK.

He told Newsweek Europe that he wanted to "control the quantity and quality of people who come... people who do not have HIV".

Antisemitism claims

In 2017, Farage was accused of antisemitism during a phone in on his LBC radio show when a listener called up to air his opinions on how dangerous he felt the pro-Israel lobby was in the US.

Farage answered: "Well the Israeli lobby, you know, that’s a reasonable point, because there are about six million Jewish people living in America, so as a percentage it’s quite small, but in terms of influence it’s quite big."

When the listener claimed that Israel had both sides of the house in the US "in their pockets", Farage replied: “Well in terms of money and influence, yep, they are a very powerful lobby.”

Millions in expenses

30 January 2020, Belgium, Brüssel: Nigel Farage (Brexit Party, Great Britain) waves a small flag in the plenary. Two days before Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, the European Parliament also ratified the EU withdrawal agreement at a meeting in Brussels and finally sealed the brexit. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa (Photo by Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Nigel Farage has one of the lowest voting records as an MEP. (picture alliance via Getty Images)

Despite sitting as an MEP for a number of years for both UKIP and the Brexit Party, Farage can boast one of the lowest voting records in the European Parliament.

He also managed to claim a vast amount in expenses for his role. In 2009, during a debate at the Foreign Press Association he was asked what he had claimed in expenses and allowances since becoming an MEP.

Farage answered: "It is a vast sum. I don't know what the total amount is but - oh lor - it must be pushing £2 million."

He also continues to receive an MEP pension in spite of his anti-EU views.


Nigel Farage on LBC Radio
Nigel Farage upset women with his comments about breastfeeding (Getty)

Never shy from being controversial, Farage upset mothers when he said women should "sit in the corner" to breastfeed their children.

“I think that given that some people feel very embarrassed by it, it isn’t too difficult to breastfeed a baby in a way that's not openly ostentatious,” Mr Farage said on LBC Radio in 2014.

"Or perhaps sit in the corner, or whatever it might be”.

Also, the politician brazenly claimed women were worth "far less" than their male colleagues to an employer.

"A woman who has a client base, has a child and takes two or three years off - she is worth far less to her employer when she comes back than when she went away because that client base won't be stuck as rigidly to her portfolio," he said at a European Union Q&A session.

Trump supporter

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Nigel Farage supported Donald Trump (Talk TV)

When Donald Trump won the US presidential election in 2016, Farage was one of the first to congratulate him.

He tweeted a grinning selfie of them together in a lift at Trump Tower.

Farage captioned the tweet: "He was relaxed and full of good ideas. I'm confident he will be a good President."

He even went on to claim at one point that Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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