This week, it emerged that disgraced former health secretary Hancock was set to be a late addition to the cast line-up, leading to him having the parliamentary whip suspended so that he will no longer be a member of the Conservative Party.
However, Hancock is still an elected MP for West Suffolk and claims he will still be able to serve his constituents while in the Australian-set show, although his decision to take part has sparked much anger.
The show's executive producer Olly Nash told ITV News: “We’ve put in loads of politicians over the years, we also put in people who have had very strong views about certain things and sometimes it plays out in camp and sometimes it doesn’t.
“It’s not a question of trying to divide camp, we have never been a deliberately divisive camp. It’s up to them to come into the camp and it’s up to them if they want to leave.”
But it seems likely that Hancock's arrival in camp will split the group, with the first 10 celebrities beginning their jungle stay on Sunday.
His soon-to-be jungle campmate property expert Scarlette Douglas, tweeted on the day he resigned: “Good, get out of here.”
Meanwhile, Loose Women star Charlene White, who will also appear in the jungle this year, has previously been critical of the COVID strategy while Mr Hancock was health secretary.
She tweeted in January 2021: “We’re one of the richest nations in the country, with one of the highest Covid death rates.
“To all of you for whom “more than 100k deaths” is an actual loved one, or several loved ones… I get it… today just feels like a lot. Kinda glad it’s my day off tbh.”
Her comments came after the death of her great aunt who died from COVID.
Other campmates on the series hosted by Ant and Dec - who made a number of jokes about the Tory partygate scandal in last year's series - include Boy George, Olivia Attwood, Chris Moyles and Sue Cleaver.
Hancock, 44, is rumoured to be entering at the same time as another late addition, comedian Seann Walsh, known for being caught kissing his Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones.
One group particularly outraged by Hancock's inclusion is the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group, which has launched a petition to have Hancock removed from the I'm A Celebrity line-up that is approaching 35,000 signatures.
During his time as Health Secretary, Hancock broke his own strict lockdown rules, including when he was caught breaking coronavirus social distancing rules by having an affair in his ministerial office with aide Gina Coladangelo, leading to his resignation from the role in June 2021.
Hancock has explained that he wants to take part so that he can relate to younger voters, give a platform to dyslexia and because politicians should not be "in ivory towers", adding: "I haven’t lost my marbles or had one too many pina coladas."
I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! begins on Sunday at 9pm on ITV.
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