I’m A Celebrity star Symon Lovett denies claims his manager forced him and Gogglebox pal Adam Densten to join the jungle reality TV show
Gogglebox star Symon Lovett was sad to be evicted from the I’m A Celebrity jungle on Tuesday night’s episode.
And now he’s hit back at wild accusations of he and Gogglebox pal Adam Densten never wanting to be part of the Channel 10 show to begin with.
Gossip podcast So Dramatic had reported the pair were ‘forced’ to participate in the program by their management, claiming the duo thought they were ‘above it’.
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‘We were incredibly lucky to be asked’: I’m A Celebrity star Symon Lovett (right) denies claims his manager forced him and Gogglebox pal Adam Densten (left) to join the jungle reality show
The podcast’s anonymous source also claimed: ‘Their manager basically forced them to do the show, telling them, “You’re too precious. Your career is over. You need to do the jungle. It will give you the exposure you need to launch your other projects”.’
Now that Symon has been evicted from the show, he laughed off the claims and set the record straight with News.com.au on Wednesday.
‘It was actually us [Symon and Adam] who emailed the head of Channel 10,’ the -year-old said, rejecting any suggestion that they was ‘forced’ to by a manager.
While looking for other work with the network, Symon said they instead got an email back inviting them to join the jungle, which they ‘jumped at’.
They also previously told Daily Mail Australia: ‘We were incredibly lucky to be asked.’
‘It was actually us who emailed Channel 10!’ Symon denied reports by gossip podcast So Dramatic that claimed the pair were ‘forced’ to participate after rejecting the offer because they were ‘above it’
Setting the record straight: While the boys didn’t appear to get the warmest of welcomes by their co-stars at first, Symon has also denied the podcast’s claims they were ‘iced out’ in camp
While the boys didn’t appear to get the warmest of welcomes by their co-stars at first, Symon has also denied the podcast’s claims they were ‘iced out’ in camp.
According to intel from an alleged ‘insider’, podcast host Megan Pustetto said some camp mates ‘plotted to squash them out. Essentially they iced them out and the boys didn’t get a chance to bond with anyone. They did not last long at all’.
Viewers slammed Toni Pearen at the time for being ‘rude’ and ‘unwelcoming’ to Adam and Symon, Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico was skeptical of their role in camp, and Grant Denyer, Paulini Curuenavuli and Pettifleur Berenger didn’t move from their beds to greet them on arrival.
‘Everyone is tired, hungry, away from home, and had lost Jack Vidgen the day before, then they get two new people who are really excited and stink like fish guts. I wouldn’t have got up from my bed either,’ Symon told Daily Mail Australia.
Adam then clarified: ‘No one was looking at us with disdain, it was more “I’m in stunned shock”. There was a great close-up of Grant’s face. His mouth was open and you could tell his brain could not compute what was happening. More confusion than anything else.’
‘Everyone was tired, hungry, away from home, and had lost Jack Vidgen… No one was looking at us with disdain’: Symon claimed their alleged ‘frosty reception’ in camp wasn’t as bad as it looked. Pictured: Toni Pearen
‘Toni was one of the people that looked out for me and took me under her wing’: Symon said the whole camp was super supportive and the duo got along well with Toni and Colin
Symon said the reported and aired ‘frosty reception’ was focused on Toni and Colin Fassnidge, but the duo actually grew really close to the pair during filming.
‘I know Colin and Adam got particular close, and Toni was one of the people that really looked out for me and took me under her wing,’ Symon added.
I’m A Celebrity continues on Wednesday from 7:30pm on Channel 10
Tune in: I’m A Celebrity continues on Wednesday from 7:30pm on Channel 10