Anne Hegerty QUIT I’m A Celebrity but jungle bosses convinced her to stay

Ann Hegerty leaves the jungle

by Marianna Manson |
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‘The Governess’ Anne Hegerty certainly seemed pleased to be leaving the jungle last night, as she made her exit fifth to be voted off I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here

Diagnosed with autism in her mid-forties, she had been ruled out of most trials due to medical reasons and had taken a decidedly peripheral role in camp decisions, too.

But despite not being one of the strongest characters on the show, Anne quickly won over viewers for her bravery, kidness and hilarious tidbits.

But as she prepares to settle back into the creature comforts of regular life, Anne has revealed that we might not have been able to enjoy her in the jungle at all, telling producers, “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” on day two.

Speaking during her exit interview to Dec and Holly Willoughby, who has replaced regular host Ant McPartlin while he deals with health problems back in the UK, Anne explained how much of a struggle it really was for her.

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“It was awful at the beginning,” she said. “It was funny doing the swim across the lake, but then we were walking and walking, and I thought we were walking into hell.

“I couldn't process it; it was like the reality hit me and I was like, ‘what have I done, what was I thinking?’ I went into the Bush Telegraph next day and said ‘I quit’, and they said [to] give it a few hours."

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Despite insisting she would be “channeling the governess” to help make her “do things [she] really doesn’t want to do” in the jungle, Anne’s confidence faltered a few times in the jungle, forcing her to lean on her campmates for support.

“I really could not have done it without them,” she confessed. “I’m much more of a wimp than I thought I was.”

Earlier on in the series, Extra Camp host Scarlett Moffat melted the hearts of a nation when she shared on her Instagram a letter from a young fan addressed to Anne.

“Sometimes people are mean to me because I am autistic but watching you makes me see that other people can have autism too and maybe I can have a cool job like you when I am older,” wrote the little boy.

No, YOU’RE crying.

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