Seann Walsh 'signs up for I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!'

Seann Walsh ‘signs up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as bosses hope he will discuss THAT kiss with Katya Jones’ – four years on from Strictly controversy

  • ITV bosses are hoping Seann will discuss his snog with his Strictly pro partner Katya Jones, who was married to fellow dancer Neil Jones at the time
  • The brief fling resulted in the end of Katya’s marriage to Neil the following year and Seann splitting with his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries 
  • A source said: ‘Life in the jungle is boring and those long hours around the campfire would be the perfect time for Seann to get talking’ 
  • The insider added that they believe it is ‘unlikely’ the other campmates won’t bring the kiss up as it’s what the comedian is primarily known for 
  • According to reports, Seann will be joining the likes of Olivia Attwood, Babatunde Aleshe and Boy George in the jungle 

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Seann Walsh has reportedly signed up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The comedian, 36, is thought to be heading Down Under for the new series – the first back in Australia since the coronavirus pandemic.

According to The Sun, ITV bosses are hoping Seann will discuss his infamous 2018 snog with his Strictly pro partner Katya Jones, who was married to fellow dancer Neil Jones at the time. 

New gig: Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Seann Walsh has reportedly signed up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The brief fling resulted in the end of Katya’s marriage to Neil the following year and Seann splitting with his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries.

A source said: ‘Seann is an incredible signing for I’m A Celebrity and it’s a real coup for ITV. His snog with Katya is the biggest scandal to have ever hit Strictly. People still talk about it.

‘Seann has joked about his snog with Katya in his comedy sketches but he’s never spoken in detail about their relationship.

‘Life in the jungle is boring and those long hours around the campfire would be the perfect time for Seann to get talking.’

Controversy: ITV bosses are hoping Seann will discuss his infamous snog with his Strictly pro partner Katya Jones, who was married to fellow dancer Neil Jones at the time

The insider added that they believe it is ‘unlikely’ the other campmates won’t bring the kiss up as it’s what the comedian is primarily known for.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Seann Walsh and ITV for comment. 

According to reports, Seann will be joining the likes of Olivia Attwood, Babatunde Aleshe and Boy George in the jungle. 

Ant and Dec are set to welcome 12 new famous faces into the Australian camp in November.

A source said: ‘Life in the jungle is boring and those long hours around the campfire would be the perfect time for Seann to get talking’ (pictured in 2019)

In a statement, ITV said: ‘Autumn also brings I’m A Celebrity which makes a welcome return to ITV from the Australian jungle.’

The 2021 series saw Danny Miller crowned as King of the Castle, while Giovanna Fletcher was the first person to win the Welsh version of the show the year before.

Following the Strictly kiss incident, Seann’s ex Rebecca released an impassioned statement in which she revealed he called her ‘psycho’ and ‘nuts’ for questioning his friendship with Katya, who he kissed on Rebecca’s birthday – before the photos were made public. 

Discussing the drama on Prime Video show Backstage With Katherine Ryan which aired in June, he said: ‘What you are thinking about is: ‘What have you done to someone?’ 

Claims: The insider added that they believe it is ‘unlikely’ the other campmates won’t bring the kiss up as it’s what the comedian is primarily known for

‘It’s one thing doing that privately and I don’t judge anyone, because everyone’s got their own backstory, lives or whatever. It was horrific. It was crazy.’

The star said to this day, he is unable to watch Strictly as it ‘messes my head up.’

He said: ‘I have such amazing memories of being on that show and then the repercussions of that kiss, it was crazy. I’m just a comic.

‘One day I hope I can look back at that fondly, that first few weeks, because it was the best time of my life.’

In April and speaking in his comedy special Seann Walsh: Kiss, the star told how he was ‘sorry’ for the kiss then and is still sorry now.  

Recalling how he learned their PDA had become public, he said: ‘I left the wardrobe department and before I could order my first beer, my agent came over to and asked if he could have a word with me outside. 

Exes: Katya was married to Neil Jones at the time of the kiss, with the former couple announcing their split in August 2019 

‘I thought ‘he is going to tell me I have got Michael McIntyre’s Big Show! I had better act surprised!’  

‘Turns out, I didn’t have to act surprised. We went into the BBC carpark, my agent looked over his glasses and said, ‘about 20 minutes ago, they posted a photo of you kissing Katya outside a pub’.

It was at that exact point that my life would turn upside down – the dream turned into a nightmare.’  

Explaining the incident, he said: ‘I was in a relationship, my dance partner Katya was married.

‘After training we went for a drink, one thing led to another and we were photographed kissing outside a pub.  Awful, I know. It’s awful – I’m sorry. I’m still sorry now.’   

He said: ‘I was then on the receiving end of thousands of abusive messages online. I did begin to wonder ‘have I done something that wrong?’

Seann said of the kiss: ‘It’s one thing doing that privately and I don’t judge anyone, because everyone’s got their own backstory, lives or whatever. It was horrific. It was crazy’ 

‘Then…. Katie Hopkins tweeted in my defence. Then I thought ‘yep, I’ve f****d up!” 

‘I managed to keep Brexit off the front pages for 12 whole days, but I hated it.

‘I thought ‘I just had to get out of here’ and I left for America. Just the break I needed.  

While Katya was supported by her husband Neil after the ‘drunken mistake’, their marriage did not last as they announced their split in August 2019.

The dancers confirmed they were splitting in joint Instagram statements, but despite writing they had mutual ‘respect’ and ‘love’, a source claimed Katya’s infidelity was something her husband couldn’t get over.

The pair have remained friends since the split and continue to be professional dancers together on Strictly.

Bad memories: The star said to this day, he is unable to watch Strictly as it ‘messes my head up’ (pictured in June 2022)

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