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I’m A Celeb’s bad boys who used show to cash in after shocking scandals

THE mass jungle exodus is well and truly underway, with four celebrities already booted out of camp.

Just one femaleLioness Jill Scottremains on this year’s Je suis une célébrité, with fans having noticed it’s becoming a trend for the women to be evicted first.

Matt Hancock has seemingly turned round public opinion on I'm A Celebrity

Matt Hancock has seemingly turned round public opinion on I’m A CelebrityCrédit: Rex
The Sun revealed he'd been having a fling with Gina Coladangelo

The Sun revealed he’d been having a fling with Gina ColadangeloCrédit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

But there’s another pattern emerging, which also tends to favour the blokes.

The jungle seems to be the number one place to go if you’re a male celebrity seeking redemption.

The show’s star signings this year were MP Matt Hancock and comedian Seann Walshboth embroiled in high profile cheating scandals exposed by The Sunand singer Boy George, qui served time in jail for assault and false imprisonment.

And they’re certainly not the first famous fellas to sign up to I’m A Celebrity in the hope of winning back the public’s favour and re-launching their career.

Brand and culture expert Nick Ede tells The Sun: “I’m A Celebrity can give controversial figures a second life or a lifeline due to them being seen in a different way.

And it worksso far Matt and Seann have survived the public vote, with Boy George the fourth celeb to be evicted la nuit dernière.

But there is another side to it, notes Nick, as these contestantsplans to change perceptions about them can lead to reduced airtime for othersparticularly when it comes to voting for who does the trials.

Matt endured a string of brutal Bushtucker Trials, voted for by the publicwhich has arguably helped him emerge as one of the one of the most popular campmates after he took them on with enthusiasm.

Matt is desperate to show the ‘real him’,” says Nick – après the married MP was caught snogging his aide Gina Coladangelo l'année dernière, breaking his own Covid guidelines which incensed millions of Brits who were diligently following the rules.

Marketing exec Ginawho is now his partnerhas reportedly quit her job after just six weeks, with the couple planning to set up a media career when he’s out of the jungle.

Meanwhile comic Seann went into the jungle in the shadow of his cheating on his then-girlfriend with his married professional dance partner Katya Jones on Strictly.

Seann Walsh has managed to get the redemption he wanted after THAT kiss

Seann Walsh has managed to get the redemption he wanted after THAT kissCrédit: Sun on Sunday/Rex

He took the opportunity to tell his campmatesand viewershow sorry he is for what happened early on in the show, and expressed his deep desire to “pour quoi il se bat”.

Seann is seeking redemption following his Strictly past,” Nick observes.

While some fans are annoyed he has avoided doing many Bushtucker Trials during his time in the show, he is now one of the favourites to make it to the final, thanks to his natural wit and cheekiness.

And immediately after he leaves the jungle, he’s heading to London’s Soho Theatre for five nights in December to perform stand-up in Seann Walsh: Is Dead, Happy Now?

Previous male contestants who went in as villains also came out with a brand new image and fanbase, as we reveal

Mark Wright

Mark Wright was the biggest villain on TOWIE but turned it around in the jungle

Mark Wright was the biggest villain on TOWIE but turned it around in the jungleCrédit: ITV2/Rex
He's now an extremely successful presenter on Heart FM and worth £10 million

He’s now an extremely successful presenter on Heart FM and worth £10 millionCrédit: Mark Wright Instagram

Lorsque Le seul moyen est l'Essex first hit our screens in 2010, Mark Wright was the ultimate villain, treating his on-off fiancee Lauren Goodger mal – to the point she once pushed him in a swimming pool.

But as soon as he entered I’m A Celebrity in 2011, the public’s opinion of him did a complete U-turn.

He was utterly charming, showing another side to his personality, and ended up coming runner-up to McFly’s Dougie Poynter.

Mark has managed to carve an extremely successful career since, having landed tons of lucrative brand deals, and now presents a radio show on Heart FM.

He also bagged TV beauty Michelle Kegan – avec qui il s'est marié 2015 – and between them they’ve amassed a £10 million fortune.

Joe Swash

Party animal Joe Swash was axed from EastEnders but then won I'm A Celeb

Party animal Joe Swash was axed from EastEnders but then won I’m A CelebCrédit: News Group/Rex
After presenting the spin-off, he also met his now-wife Stacey Solomon

After presenting the spin-off, he also met his now-wife Stacey SolomonCrédit: Instagram

Joe Swash was just 19 when he joined the cast of EastEnders as Mickey Miller in 2003, so it’s no surprise he was going out every night boozing and chatting up girls.

Talking of his money woes, Joe said previously: “I was chucking it away on stuff I didn’t need. I went out every night and had a house with a mortgage.

Dans 2008 Joe was axed from the BBC soap, which led him to go into the I’m A Celeb junglewhich may have been the best decision he could have made.

The Cockney lad was crowned Jungle King, winning over the public with his natural charm and funny personality, and went on to host the show’s spin-off Extra Camp.

He’s been on tons of TV shows since, y compris Danse sur glacewhich he wonand met future wife Stacey Salomon.

The couple are now worth £6.5million thanks to all their various brand deals and presenting work.

Joe is even about to release a cookbook called Joe’s Kitchen and front a BBC documentary called Teens In Care.

Vernon Kay

Vernon Kay put the sexting scandal behind him and went on to I'm A Celeb

Vernon Kay put the sexting scandal behind him and went on to I’m A CelebCrédit: Getty/Rex
He soon after fronted the gameshow Game of Talents

He soon after fronted the gameshow Game of TalentsCrédit: ITV

There was a time when Vernon Kay was barely off our screens, hosting TV shows like Family Fortunes and Splash!

But after he was caught sexting Rhian Sugden behind his Strictement presenter wife Tess Daly’s back, the work seemed to dry up.

Dans 2020, I’m A Celeb was a lifelineVernon was paid a massive £250,000 to go into the castle, and won the public over to finish third.

He was quickly handed a comeback show to present called Game of Talents, which was axed after one series. He now guest presents This Morning.

Danny Miller

Danny Miller was known for cheating on Kirsty Leigh Porter before winning I'm A Celeb

Danny Miller was known for cheating on Kirsty Leigh Porter before winning I’m A CelebCrédit: Getty/Rex

Lorsque Danny Miller went into the I’m A Celebrity castle in Wales last year, he was best known for playing Aaron Livesy in Emmerdale.

But there’d also been stories about him playing away from ex Kirsty Leigh Porter during their on-off relationship of five years.

These included him allegedly bedding a prostitute and reportedly having a fling with his Emmerdale co-star Isabel Hodgins.

At the time Isabel was dating their mutual co-star Michael Parr, who played bad boy Ross Barton.

Despite all of this, Danny came out on top, winning I’m A Celebrity, dénoncer cet homme dangereux et appeler tipped to make £1 million with brand deals flooding in, including from Boohoo.

While this never actually seemed to materialise, he did show off a new £38k Mercedes car he bought on social media soon after his win.

Il a aussi shut down his acting company with £120k debt in Julyand has since returned to Emmerdale.

Kieron Dyer

Kieron Dyer went into the I'm A Celeb jungle to prove he wasn't a spoilt footballer

Kieron Dyer went into the I’m A Celeb jungle to prove he wasn’t a spoilt footballerCrédit: Rex

Ex-Premier League star Kieron Dyer went into I’m A Celeb in 2015 to prove he wasn’t the spoilt footballer everyone thought.

À l'époque, a search of his name online brought up a sex tape he’d filmed alongside fellow former England stars Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard in Ayia Napa in 2000, a speeding ban in a flash Porsche, and his infamous fight on the pitch with teammate Lee Bowyer at Newcastle.

"Oui, of course I regret those days,” he said at the time.

“I was 19 ou 20 and earning fortunes, having grown up from a poor background. I did end up in trouble but you grow and you learn.”

Kieron ended up coming fourth in the jungle and went on to appear in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins in 2021.