Beeb bosses were hoping Stanley Johnson’s appearance on The Real Marigold Hotel would have shocked viewers
FAME-hungry Stanley Johnson’s appearance on I’m A Celeb sparked fury at the BBC who had signed him up earlier to appear on their reality show.
The ex-MEP, 77, has already begun working on a new series of the Beeb’s The Real Marigold Hotel with veteran newsreader Selina Scott and The Krankies.
BBC bosses had hoped Boris Johnson’s dad’s appearance would be the shock signing of the show which airs next year.
A TV source said: “Obviously Stanley was under strict instructions from ITV to keep his appearance totally secret.
“But bosses at the BBC are still annoyed because they had no clue he was appearing on a major rival.
“They’ve already signed him up and are well under way with making the show, so it’s too late to change anything.
“He was being planned as a major surprise and there were high hopes he’d be the big hit. But the excitement of getting him on board has been really overshadowed.”
The travel series will see Stanley and eight other stars go to Lake Pichola and the city of Udaipur in India.
He signed up for the rival shows despite suggesting he is not a fan of reality TV.
He spoke of his disappointment after being axed from the jungle — and discovering much of his time in camp had been edited out.
He said: “You know, I was really disappointed not to win. I didn’t go in there thinking, ‘Let’s get out early so we can have a nice weekend in the Gold Coast’.”
He added: “I was totally disappointed, honestly I gave it my best. It didn’t work. The people were fantastic, the place — Australia — the finest rainforest you can imagine.
“The food left a bit to be desired…”
He said he had not yet been able to speak to his Foreign Secretary son, adding: “Is he still PM? I’m sorry, is he still Foreign Secretary?