The return of the debate on politicians in reality TV is highlighted by Nigel Farage’s participation in I’m a Celeb. Previous political figures, including Nadine Dorries and Matt Hancock, have stirred controversy. A recent YouGov survey reflects mixed public opinions on the suitability of politicians in reality TV.

T he debate surrounding the suitability of politicians appearing on television has resurfaced with Nigel Farage currently in Australia for I’m a Celeb. Prior to him, other politicians ventured into the Australian-based program presented by Ant and Dec, including Lembit Opik (2010), Nadine Dorries (2012), and Matt Hancock (2022).

But this discussion is not new, as other politicians have previously participated in reality TV shows. For example, George Galloway took part in Big Brother (2006), Penny Mordaunt appeared in Splash (2014), and Ann Widdecombe (2010) and Ed Balls (2015) joined Strictly.

To assess public opinion on this matter, YouGov conducted a survey, asking the British public whether they believe politicians or ex-politicians are suited for television when participating in reality TV shows.


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