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Jasmine Allday

Nicola Sturgeon makes vow as she refuses to follow Matt Hancock into reality TV

Nicola Sturgeon says she won't be doing a Matt Hancock and going into reality TV.

The Scottish First Minister is standing down from her role next week, but insists she won't be heading for the Australian jungle anytime soon. Hancock sparked furore and controversy when he decided to enter the I'm A Celebrity jungle during the 2022 series.

Hancock placed third, but he was hit by a wave of backlash for his decision to go on the show during a time when parliament was still in session. He claimed he had been going on to raise awareness about dyslexia, but he spent most of his time doing trials.

Nicola Sturgeon won't be following in Hancock's footsteps (ITV)

During a chat on ITV's Loose Women today, in her first interview since stepping down, Sturgeon ruled out a string of reality shows.

Janet Street Porter asked her, "You're not going to follow Matt Hancock," to which she quickly replied: "In no way, shape or form. I think I can say categorically and please hold me to this.

"I've got two left feet, so no Strictly Come Dancing, definitely no Jungle. I can't cook or bake so no The Great British Bake Off."

And when asked if she'd like to join the Loose Women panel, she quickly added: "Well I might think about that!"

Back in February, Sturgeon confirmed she was quitting her role as First Minister, as she shared: "I’ve believed that part of serving well would be to know almost instinctively when the time is right to make way for someone else.

Hancock's I'm A Celebrity appearance sparked furore (James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

"I'm firmly of the view that there's majority support for independence, but that spirit needs to be solidified and it needs to grow further. To achieve that we must cross the divide... My judgement is that a new leader would be best placed to do that."

She insisted she would continue to fight for Scottish independence, as she added at the time of her announcement: "I believe my successor, whoever he or she may be, will lead Scotland to independence, and I'll be there cheering them on."

Ahead of his arrival in Australia, Hancock insisted it wasn't the pay cheque that persuaded him to go on the show.

"It wasn't the cheque that changed my mind. I will be making a donation to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk and causes supporting dyslexia off the back of my appearance," he wrote in The Sun at the time, "I will, of course, also declare the amount I receive from the show to Parliament to ensure complete transparency, as normal."

It was later confirmed Hancock was paid an eye-watering £320,000 for his appearance on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

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