Iain Lee has insisted there’s no “beef” between him and any of his I’m A Celebrity campmates – after Amir Khan interrupted his Extra Camp interview last night to refute those bullying allegations.
The comedian, 44, finished the show in third place last night, which means he’s had time to browse the paper headlines and coverage of his time in camp.
And plenty of that coverage alleged he was ‘bullied’ at the hands of Dennis Wise, Jamie Lomas and Amir Khan.
Iain, however, doesn’t see it that way.
During a video chat with Lorraine on Monday morning, Iain insisted he was on good terms with everyone in the jungle, but declined to go into detail or name names.
“I have made friends with everyone,” he simply said.
“I have no beef with anybody in there, despite what you may read in the papers.”
Iain’s remarks came after Dennis, Jamie and Amir also denied the ‘bully’ allegations and insisted they’re friendly with Iain.
Amir even interrupted Iain’s interview on Extra Camp last night to shout across the studio that he wasn’t a bully, prompting a surprised Iain to say he’d never even used that word.
As Iain and Jamie sat on the sofa chatting to Scarlett Moffatt and Joel Dommett, Amir could be heard off camera shouting: “Iain, we are not bullies, mate. We never bullied you!”
Iain replied: “I never used that word!”
But Amir said: “Yes, you did, Iain. But we’ll talk about that later.”
Iain admitted he was in a difficult position coming into camp late, being named Prime Minister, and essentially forced to split a camp of people who had already started making alliances.
“The group had already become friends, they all knew each other, and then suddenly this guy comes in with Kezia, does a trial, and has to pick five or six people instantly and split the group,” he said.
“I found that really stressful. Having to divide these people who have made friendships. Just wandering in, going, I’ll have you, you, you and you, the rest of you, off you go. It was horrendous.”
Iain also told Lorraine that he had a really good time in the jungle and didn’t want anyone to think he hadn’t been happy.
“I have talked about mental health and depression and suicide and I’m really glad that came across,” he said.
“As you know, suicide is the biggest killer of men between 17 and 45, something like that, and it’s only by talking about it that we can get rid of the stigma and save people’s lives. But I didn’t want to make it all about that. I don’t want people to think I was miserable for all of it. The last week in particular was a gas. It was so much fun!”
Iain laughed when asked about allegations he had a gameplan, joking: “The only plan I had was to go in last, come out first, and have a really, really nice holiday at the Versace.
“But every time Ant and Dec came into camp and said, ‘Iain, it’s not you’… I still can’t quite believe I came in the final three. It’s a thrill!”
Iain added that he doesn’t plan to re-watch the whole show when he’s back in the UK: “I’m going to sit down with my boys and watch the trials and challenges. I won’t watch the rest. I don’t need to know what happened.”
“I guess the people I’m closest to are Toff, Shappi and Jennie,” he said. “They are the three I got on with the most and I love them so much. I think Toff was easily the winner. She deserved it and I’m so thrilled for her.”
Iain finished in third place last night, behind runner-up Jamie Lomas and new Queen of the Jungle Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo.
Reacting to finishing in third, Iain said: “It’s unbelievable! It’s the weirdest thing! How did that happen?”
“You can’t imagine what it’s like,” he said. “It’s so all encompassing, so unreal. You’re in this weird bubble and it’s so intense. The trials are such a small part of it. You may not do a trial or challenge for a few days and when you do, it breaks the monotony.”