Alison Hammond has made it clear she doesn’t support Matt Hancock continuing to appear on reality TV, adding that ‘every time’ she looks at him she thinks of loved ones who died during the pandemic.
Last year the former health secretary signed up to appear on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, a decision that incensed many people, some of whom claimed he was abandoning his constituents in a cost of living crisis.
Others were furious the politician had been cast after his response to the pandemic, as well as his decision to break social distancing rules by kissing a colleague in his office.
Now he’s set to appear on the upcoming season of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, and Alison has not held back when sharing her thoughts on the matter.
On Friday’s episode of This Morning, a clip was played of Hancock being interrogated on the show, in which he said he’d wanted to take part after ‘going through something really big…handling the pandemic’ and that he wanted to ‘test the limits again’.
As soon as the video ended, Alison burst out laughing while co-host Dermot O’Leary quipped: ‘Does he mean mismanaged the pandemic?’
However she then added: ‘Why is he doing reality TV?’
Her question was then discussed by guest Gyles Brandreth, who said Hancock had now quit politics and wanted a ‘challenging experience’.
Jumping in Dermot added: ‘And managing an affair too. A very challenging experience.’
However, Gyles then said the disgraced health secretary had done ‘the best he could’.
Not willing to let the politician off easy though Alison referenced how Hancock admits in the show to a ‘lack of leadership’.
‘I mean, no really?’ she added.
Saying he was going to play ‘devil’s advocate’ briefly, Dermot questioned what Hancock was meant to do after leaving politics, however the group then said he should have entered with an exit plan, but would also be left with a generous pension.
‘You’ve got to remember, every time I look at him, I think of loved ones who died during the pandemic,’ Alison continued.
After Gyles again said Hancock was ‘trying to do his best’, Alison challenged that and repeated his quote several times while looking unimpressed.
‘Do you think that’s his best? Being distracted?’ she questioned.
However, they all agreed on the fact they didn’t agree sitting politicians should be taking part in reality shows.
It was previously claimed that during the interrogations on Celebrity SAS, Hancock will be ‘absolutely destroyed’.
‘We treat everybody the same and we really went at him,’ chief instructor Billy Billingham said earlier this year.
‘In the interrogation bit, he gets destroyed, absolutely destroyed.’
He continued to The Sun: ‘At the time I thought, “Oh, hang on, maybe this is a bit much?” But no, he deserved it.
‘The idea is every single contestant will either leave on day one or will leave as a better version of themselves and with Matt Hancock, he’s still got a long way to go.’
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins returns on Tuesday at 9.30pm on Channel 4.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1.
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