Josie Gibson responds to claims she turned down Strictly for I’m A Celebrity

Josie Gibson is one of ten celebs heading to the Australian Outback (ITV)
Josie Gibson is one of ten celebs heading to the Australian Outback (ITV)

Josie Gibson has responded to rumours she turned down BBC flagship Strictly Come Dancing in favour of going to the I’m A Celebrity jungle.

The presenter, 38, who has been a regular host of This Morning since the departure of Phillip Schofield, did not confirm or deny she had turned down a slot with Strictly – but insisted that her loyalty to ITV was strong.

She said the broadcaster had “given her a chance” and she was an “ITV face.”

Speaking to the Mirror when asked if she has contemplated joining the dancing show, she said: “Well, I cannot confirm or deny that!”

And about appearing on I’m A Celeb, she added: “Well you know, ITV is my home. I’m an ITV face and ITV gave me this chance. And without ITV, I wouldn’t be where I am.

“So, yeah, you know, ITV really took a chance on me and they believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself. So that's why I stuck with ITV.”

On Thursday it was confirmed that Gibson will be part of a small early breakout group including Nigel Farage and YouTuber Nella Rose to be stranded in the Outback.

The trio will be told during the first episode of the show that their help is needed by their fellow celebrities, who are 2,000 miles away on the Gold Coast.

Their mission is to win time for their fellow campmates who are taking part in other challenges on the coast.

The trio will face various challenges in the Outback to help their campmates in their bid to win stars and ultimately food.

Former Ukip and Brexit Party leader Farage, 59, is the highest profile signing on the new series of the ITV show.

He will also be joined by Britney Spears’ sister, the actress Jamie Lynn Spears, JLS singer Marvin Humes, First Dates star Fred Sirieix, reality star Sam Thompson, food critic Grace Dent, EastEnders actress Danielle Harold and Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard when the group enter the jungle.

The GB News star has said he has been “demonised” over the years and wants to show people he is not “mean-spirited, small-minded, nasty” by joining the show.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here launches this Sunday at 9pm on ITV1 & ITVX.