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Nigel Farage has entered into a war of words with ITV’s television director. He accused him of making life “pretty unpleasant” and warned him of a “war.”
The former Ukip and Brexit Party leader has claimed since leaving “I’m a star, get me out of here!” that he was deliberately censored and that ITV reduced his broadcast time and chose to show him naked.
In a brief speech on his return to GB News, he said: “While I was in there, one or two people at the top of ITV did their best to make my life quite unpleasant.”
“I don’t want to spoil the glow that I have after I’m a Celebrity and I have no criticism at all of the production team or anyone involved in that program, but I would say to you, Mr Kevin Lygo, the boss of ITV, it’s up to you mate.
Nigel Farage is said to have received £1.5million for his I’m a Celeb appearance
(Good Morning Britain/ITV)
“If you want to go to war with me, you really can. The last person to do this was called Dame Alison Rose from NatWest Bank and look what happened to her.”
His comments come after it was claimed that Mr Lygo made a rude one-handed hand gesture while referring to Mr Farage during the ITV Palooza event in November 2023, which was attended by, among others, Susanna Reid and Lorraine Kelly.
Kevin Lygo (left) made the comments during an ITV event in November
On stage he is said to have referred to a sign language interpreter and said: “I don’t know sign language, I only know Nigel Farage’s sign.” A report on the event on the website Media Read said My Lygo had “his Fingers circled in w***er signal”.
He also said, “Don’t worry, he knows he has to come home from Australia in a dinghy.”
Farage accused ITV bosses of making life in the jungle “quite uncomfortable” for him
In response, Mr Farage said: “I would therefore suggest to Mr Lygo that I am prepared to ignore your rude, one-handed gestures and the pathetic attempts by some of your staff to beat me up.”
“I’m prepared to forget all this if we can call a ceasefire, and if you really, really want to go to war with me, I don’t think it will be particularly good for the ITV share price. So please let’s stop this nonsense and do it now.”
NatWest’s share value was reduced by an estimated £840 million after Dame Alison admitted leaking information about Mr Farage’s Coutts bank account to the BBC.
The former executive was forced to resign due to a “serious error in judgment” and lost £7.6 million in shares and bonuses to which she would have been entitled.
The former Ukip leader has hinted at a return to frontline politics
Mr Farage controversially entered the jungle after being paid £1.5million for his appearance, finishing third behind boxer Tony Bell and reality star and winner Sam Thompson.
His appearance on the ITV show has led some to speculate that he could return to British politics. Reports over the weekend suggested that some Tory MPs believe he and Boris Johnson could reverse the party’s poll deficit.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain on Monday, he said: “Never say never. “I can’t predict what will happen at the moment.”
However, he rejected the idea of a return to the Conservatives under Rishi Sunak’s leadership, describing him as a “lame duck walker”.
“I am looking at a Conservative government that is completely devastated and effectively faces a vote of confidence tomorrow on an issue that affects every single person in our country, namely immigration on a scale never seen even in Tony Blair’s time .”
“Rishi is a lame duck and the Conservative Party is heading for total defeat,” he said.
Nigel Farage and ITV have been contacted for comment.
Source : www.independent.co.uk