Masterchef star ‘is set to join the I’m A Celebrity lineup – despite BLASTING the show as ”puerile” and ”dumb”
Grace Dent, 50, will reportedly take part in the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! line-up and will hit the Australian jungle later this month, despite previously blowing up the show.
According to The sunthe Masterchef star, who called the show ‘childish’ and ‘stupid’, has signed a deal reportedly worth up to £100,000.
In the past, Grace has branded the show as “a childish adventure of hunger, televised constipation and animal cruelty, abbreviated by adverts for £1 Icelandic curries.”
In 2012, she also admitted she was embarrassed to watch it, saying: “I close my blinds tightly before sitting down to watch I’m a Celeb for fear that the theme song alone will devalue my property.”
A source said: ‘Masterchef fans know Grace for her scathing criticism of the contestants’ food and her disdain for anything less than excellent cooking.
Jungle time! Grace Dent, 50, will reportedly take part in the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! lineup, despite the show having previously blown up
Cashing in: The Masterchef star, who called the show ‘childish’ and ‘stupid’, has signed a deal that could reportedly be worth £100,000 (I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec are pictured)
“But she will eat humble pie in the jungle, survive on rice and beans and participate in the Bushtucker Trials.”
She will reportedly appear alongside ex-politician Nigel Farage, jockey Frankie Dettori, This Morning’s Josie Gibson, ex-EastEnder Danielle Harold, First Dates star Fred Sirieix, Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson and JLS singer Marvin Humes.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for ITV and Grace for comment.
Grace is a restaurant critic, columnist, presenter, author and regularly appears on BBC’s MasterChef UK.
It was almost a year before her father George sadly passed away after a battle with dementia.
On her Instagram last year, she reminisced about their time together and how he “hated” Christmas, imagining him celebrating the day in heaven with her late mother, also called Grace. It is unclear how old he was.
She wrote in her caption, “Well daddy. You choose your moments. To be honest, you hated Christmas. All those people who ‘came in’ when you wanted to watch Porridge Christmas Special with a glass of Lidl vin de table and your fruit and nuts.
‘Thank you for fixing my roller skates and teaching me the value of a pound. I will always, on some level, sit in your armpit watching Kenny Everett in 1978. #ynwa.”
Throwback: The MasterChef critic, 50, took to Instagram last year to pay tribute to her father as she shared a childhood photo of the couple, along with a floral tribute from his funeral
Memories: In her caption, she reminisced about their time together and how he “hated” Christmas, imagining him celebrating the day in heaven with her late mother
Opening: The columnist began: ‘Well, Dad. You choose your moments…
In 2020, she wrote about his battle with dementia: “There’s so much I want to say to Dad, but I can’t bring myself to.
‘Dementia is really uncomfortable, not only painful and frightening, embarrassing, I don’t like being left alone with Dad.
‘But sometimes I see fear in his eyes.
“Sometimes, the way Dad talks these days, his brain catches up halfway through a nonsensical sentence, and in that moment he understands the utter ridiculousness of what he’s saying, and pure shame crosses his face.”