The new season of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here premieres tonight on Ten. This year, however, it seems like they’re going for more of an I’m A Failed Politician, Please Forget The Dumb Shit That I Did theme, with both Sam Dastyari and Jacqui Lambie joining the cast.
Jacqui Lambie was forced to resign from her Senate seat in 2017, after discovering she was ineligible to be there by virtue of dual citizenship. She was the eighth parliamentarian to lose her job amid the citizenship scandal, but said at the time “you can’t keep a bloody Lambie down.”
Sam Dastyari, meanwhile, resigned from the Senate after it was learned that he had accepted large amounts of money from Chinese donors, for travel bills and legal expenses. In the wake of the scandal, a former top intelligence official alleged that he may have been an “agent of influence” for China.
The I’m A Celebrity Twitter account posted a short video of Lambie earlier today. In a separate interview, she said that she is heading into the jungle in hopes of connecting with young voters, because I guess that’s how that works in 2019:
Dastyari has said that he is doing the show in order to impress his seven-year-old daughter, although he also told Fairfax that he sees the show as “a way with dealing with things”, presumably the rehabilitation of his once-warm-and-fuzzy image:
Gossip reporter Richard Reid will also be joining the cast, along with retired AFL player Dermott Brereton, and Angie Kent and Yvie Jones from the show Gogglebox. Pamela Anderson is reportedly close to finalising a deal to be on the show, although nothing is official as yet.