I’m A Celeb’s Fred Sirieix discusses his ‘unacceptable behaviour’ towards Josie Gibson and admits even his MUM told him off after he was voted out of camp amid ‘sexism and misogyny’ row
Fred Sirieix has spoken out on his dispute with Josie Gibson after viewers accused him of ‘misogyny’.
The First Dates star, 51, became the third campmate to be voted off the show on Tuesday’s episode after being embroiled in a ‘sexism’ row when the role of camp cook was passed on from him to Josie, 38, with viewers claiming he was ‘controlling’ the This Morning host when she attempted to make dinner.
While Fred had attempted to defend his in his post-show interview with Ant and Dec, he has now admitted he had to clear the air with his mother, who had scolded him over his ‘unacceptable’ behaviour.
Speaking on Wednesday’s This Morning, he confessed: ‘I spoke to my mum and she said “Frederick” – she calls me that when she’s upset – “what did you do with Josie? Why are you telling her what to do?”
‘I got a telling off from my mum she said it’s unacceptable and she didn’t want me to do it again… she was mad!’
I’m A Celeb’s Fred Sirieix discussed his ‘unacceptable behaviour’ towards Josie Gibson as he appeared on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning
The First Date’s star, 51, and the This Morning presenter, 38 (pictured) came to blows over the cooking and Fred has now reflected on why they locked horns in his exit interview
Fred continued: ‘In all fairness, the meals Josie cooked were good.
‘She could cook the meal on the day but I was concerned with how she would use and recycle the bones, vegetables and peels so we could make stock and improve the day after.’
As well as his clashes with Josie, Fred was also caught up in an infamous row with Nella Rose, since dubbed ‘Dadgate.’
The pair’s relationship became strained after he remarked ‘I could be your dad’ during a conversation about their age difference, which promoted a negative reaction from Nella, who lost her father in 2020.
While discussing Fred’s comment, Nella explained to the food connoisseur: ‘To me, I don’t care how you said it, to me, that’s disrespectful, and I don’t want to talk to you. I don’t want to talk to you, I don’t want to be around you.
‘I only allow people to disrespect me once. Don’t bring up my dead parent, are you stupid? ‘You know I could be your dad right?’ You’re a weirdo.’
While there was tension in camp for a few days, the pair ultimately made up and moved on from the incident, but viewers have continued to bring up the scrap.
Reflecting on the row, Fred said on This Morning: ‘It was a misunderstanding, the jungle is a pressure cooker.’
He went on to hit out at the amount of backlash Nella has received, saying: ‘I was very surprised of the hate for Nella.
‘It’s totally wrong and unfair and it’s not in my name. Nella is a lovely girl. Things happen, you move on and I don’t know what all the fuss is about.’
As well as his clashes with Josie, Fred was also caught up in an infamous row with Nella Rose, since dubbed ‘ Dadgate’ after he said he ‘could be her father’ due to their age difference
Both Fred and Nella labelled the row a ‘misunderstanding’ as they were interviewed within moments of each other on This Morning
Nella, who was interviewed moments before Fred on the ITV daytime show, had echoed his sentiments as she gave her side of the story.
She explained: ‘It was a big fat misunderstanding.
‘We’ve gone over it, everything is cool, everything is blessed, I don’t know why everyone’s still crying about it.’
‘In the Jungle, everything is intensified. That subject [parents] is very triggering for me because its a fresh wound but everything in the jungle is intense.
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‘In the jungle the little bit of drama that happens is you EastEnders, I stirred the pot to make things fun, it’s just who I am.’
Fred also spoke out about his intense training for Jungle life, telling hosts Emma Willis and Rylan: ‘It was a test, a challenge and it was something I wanted to do for a while. I had to try it.’
‘I had nightmares for three months, dreaming about bugs and waking up and seeing them on my pillow and this is how I prepared, I trained for six months.’
Revealing that campmates needed to be in good health, he went on: ‘What people don’t see on television is it’s a very big camp. To get wood and water you have to go all the way down and up.
‘You are living on rice and beans and you have no calories, you are walking very slowly, it’s hard.’
At this point Emma was quick to jump in as she called Fred up on admitting he’d known he was heading into the Jungle six months in advance.
Looking on in shock, Emma – who co-hosts The World Cook with Fred – shouted out: ‘You’ve just said you knew six months in advance but I saw you three weeks before the Jungle and you said nothing!’
Looking sheepish, Fred threw his hands up as he explained: ‘I was told categorically to not tell a soul and if you tell me something, you can trust me.
‘I’m reliable and ITV said you cannot tell anybody and I didn’t! Only my family, that’s all
‘Then the list of [campmate] names were leaked… and it wasn’t me!’
Fred went on to discuss his reunion with Fruitcake, who met him on the Jungle bridge when he was kicked out of camp.
Fruitcake – who is known by her nickname because she wants to keep her legal name private – flew out to Australia to greet her fiancé of three years.
Host Emma Willis quizzed Fred on being with him only a few weeks before he went in and not telling her he was heading to the jungle
‘[Seeing her] was the best thing,’ Fred gushed. ‘I walked on the bridge very slowly because I wanted to enjoy experience, to embrace her and give her a kiss.
‘Just to tell her I love you. It was the most beautiful thing.’
While Fred has been enjoying spending some quality time with Fruitcake in their five-star hotel post-Jungle, he revealed that he isn’t leaving everything behind in camp.
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He explained: ‘My experience in the Jungle was bliss… For the first time in my life I just lived in the moment and enjoyed what was in front of me and in the present.
‘I’m 24/7, 365, very intense. But in there I was very relaxed. I want to just find a piece of time when I come back home to see how I can take part of the Jungle inside my life, more peace and serenity.’
While Fred may have felt at peace in the Jungle, viewers could pick up on the growing tension between him and Josie when they clashed heads over cooking.
During his exit interview on Tuesday’s I’m A Celeb, Fred touched on his dramas with Josie as he told Ant and Dec: ‘She’s just making it up as she goes along. So I think there’s a lot at stake with the food.
‘And it’s not just what you’re cooking at the moment which of course is going to be good, because the produce is incredible, it is what you can do the next day with the leftovers of the bones.’
He continued: ‘You really need the calories, and you’ve got to find them whenever you can. I think we missed out on quiet a few meals [by not recycling ingredients],’ he added.
Viewers had been seeing less manners and more ‘misogyny’ in Fred in recent episodes after his behaviour towards his female co-stars left fans branding him ‘unbearable’.
When asked why he didn’t get involved as much with Sam Thompson and Nick Pickard’s cooking, he said they were a ‘dream’ and there was ‘no need’ for him to do so.
Fred, also a trained chef, had relentlessly criticised single mother Josie’s cooking abilities and during Monday night’s episode he told hosts Ant and Dec at a trial: ‘There is no method, there is no technique.
‘She’s just making it up as she goes along. If she just let me take her through it step-by-step clearly, we would be ok.’
Fred went on to discuss his reunion with fiancée, affectionately known as Fruitcake, who met him on the Jungle bridge when he was kicked out of camp
Viewers were quick to hit back at Fred and wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: ‘Fred Sirieix is controlling and misogynistic. He may be a trained chef but it doesn’t mean he has to make everyone feel less than.’
Josie has been praised online for her calm response when she said: ‘You’ve just got to give me the reins my love, I know it’s hard.’
Initially, Nella and Josie were tasked with washing the pots up after Fred cooked the campmates rice and beans.
But the camp descended into chaos when the furious First Dates star threw the already washed pots onto the ground complaining they were ‘unclean’ and sent the pair back.
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I’m A Celebrity 2023: Meet the campmates
Claim to fame: Former leader of the UK Independence Party and leader of the Brexit Party.
Phobias: Nobody likes rats, snakes and I am dreading anything to do with heights.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel?: I have been demonised over the years and so it will be nice to show people I am not nasty.
Role in camp: Lead on starting up plenty of campfire discussions.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp?: A pint in the pub and the news.
Best & worst attributes: I hope to cheer people up when they are down. Worst? I am impatient and I do snore.
Dream camper: As a controversial political media figure, I never name names… But I am looking forward to meeting interesting people from all different fields
Claim to fame: EastEnders actress.
Phobias: Rats. I hate them!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I can be a little ditzy at times but I am definitely not a ‘dumb blonde’. I want to show I can do the trials, challenges and get stuck in.
Role in camp: Shoulder to cry on, help others if they are feeling low in camp.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Snacking. I am a little muncher and I am going to miss my morning cup of tea, too!
Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I will be good if people are really struggling. I am not, however, very good at being bored, nor am I a morning person either.
Dream camper: Ed Sheeran. If he brings his guitar into camp, he can sing for us.
FRED SIRIEIX – LEFT!
Claim to fame: First Dates star.
Phobias: I am scared of everything. I am dying to find out how vile the food will be!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I don’t think there is anything but I am looking forward to learning more about myself during my time in the camp.
Role in camp: I will definitely muck in with all the jobs. I don’t mind cooking or cleaning the toilets.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My bed. It’s super comfy. I will also miss a cup of coffee in the morning.
Best & worst attributes: I like to have fun but I do snore and I am impatient!
Dream camper: It’s going to be nice to meet everyone but I’d love to see Dolly Parton, The Rock or Snoop Dog in there.
NELLA ROSE – LEFT!
Claim to fame: YouTuber and Catfish UK star.
Phobias: I am fearful of everything!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle? I am a pretty open book.
Role in camp: Keep the morale and humour high.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My phone… I am always on it!
Dream camper: Alison Hammond or Adele.
Claim to fame: Hollyoaks star.
Phobias: I am a bit scared of the dark. When you go to the House of Horrors at Halloween and things jump out at you, I am not very good when I can’t see!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: It will be nice to go in as me and not as my Hollyoaks character.
Role in camp: Grafter or chef, I am quite good at cooking. But I’ve never cooked on a fire before. Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp: Football and my creature comforts.
Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I am a nice person and a good team player. I am not lazy but I do have a few bad habits like picking my nose. My girlfriend has been trying to train me to stop!
Dream camper: Sir Alex Ferguson or Neil Warnock.
FRANKIE DETTORI – LEFT!
Claim to fame: Champion Jockey
Phobias: I am not sure as I don’t walk across rooftop planks in the middle of the day nor do I have any snakes or rats in the house!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: None. I’ve lived in the public domain for as long as I can remember so I’d hope everyone knows me well.
Role in camp: To have fun with everyone, I am a happy-go- lucky person.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? Travelling. I have spent my whole life at airports and I’ve got to like it!
Best & worst attributes: I am outgoing and I am a fighter. Worst? I can’t sit still and I am impatient.
Dream camper: Robbie Williams would be fun.
JAMIE LYNN SPEARS – LEFT!
Claim to fame: Zoey 101 and Sweet Magnolias star.
Phobias: I am scared of everything.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I think this is a nice chance to show who I really am.
Role in camp: Hopefully I will be the one who can support everyone.
Aside from family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? A normal bathroom, air conditioning and my bed.
Best & worst attributes: I think my best quality is it takes a lot to hurt my feelings; but I am impatient and my family would say I get in a bad mood a lot.
Dream camper: Nicole Kidman, she is my favourite actress in the whole wide world, or Reece Witherspoon.
Claim to fame: Made In Chelsea star and radio presenter.
Phobias: I am not a creepy crawly guy and I hate anyone or anything touching my neck.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: Since the age of 21, I’ve spent my whole life on TV and so I feel whether people have a good or bad opinion of me, it’s probably warranted!
Role in camp: I’m a ‘yes’ man so cooking, cleaning I will do whatever they want me to do.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: I know this sounds lame but gaming.
Best & worst attributes: I’d like to think I am the court jester and I don’t take things too seriously, so if anyone is having a bad day I would like to put a smile on their face. Worst? I am quite forgetful and I am bad at focusing on things.
Dream camper: Stephen Fry. I think I would self-combust if he was going in the jungle!
Claim to fame: This Morning presenter.
Phobias: Insects and I freeze every time I see a spider and I am not sure what I am going to do if I am in a trial with them!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle?: I would like people to know I am very clever at knowing useless information!
Role in camp: Mum. I am very motherly and I also love chatting to people.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: Getting up to blow dry my hair and putting a bit of make-up on!
Best & worst attributes: I am an optimist and I love meeting people from all walks of life. Worst? I can be quite nosey and I am worried about my temper if I am too hungry.
Dream camper: Dawn French, I love her.
Claim to fame: JLS star.
Phobias: Heights. I have pulled out of a skydive with JLS in the past because I was too scared!
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: To show I am not just a member of a boy band. It will be nice for people to learn more about me.
Role in camp: I’d like to think I will be a shoulder to cry on and a mediator.
Aside from family, what will you miss most whilst in camp?: My fantasy football app! I am obsessed with it! Four weeks without music is a long time, too.
Best & worst attributes: I’ve got three children under the age of ten and you definitely need a lot of patience for that! Worst? Rochelle would probably say I get ‘hangry’ if I don’t have enough food.
Dream camper: Paddy McGuinness – I’ve done Soccer Aid with him before and I know he’s funny, he gets stuck in and he is hands on.
GRACE DENT – LEFT!
Claim to fame: MasterChef star and food critic.
Phobias: Horrible people.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: People think I am quite forthright and scary but I don’t think I am scary! Hopefully people will see this.
Role in camp: Shoulder to cry on and I am a practical cook so I can help out.
Aside from your family, what will you miss the most whilst in camp? My three cats and my make-up bag. I love a bit of glamour.
Best & worst attributes: I would like to think I am funny! My worst quality is lack of sleep. I like my sleep.
Dream camper: Queen Camilla. She would be very practical. And Madonna – she could perform tracks from her Greatest Hits tour!
Claim to fame: Former champion boxer
Phobias: Like most normal people, I am scared of almost everything.
Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the jungle: People will portray me as something I am not because of the profession I have had. I am just a normal person.
Role in camp: I’d like to think I am domesticated so hopefully I can help out.
Best & worst attributes: I do get hangry…who doesn’t! But I am easy going and I get on with everyone.
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