I'm A Celebrity: Toby Anstis claims 'radio listeners accused him of bullying Matt Hancock

Toby Anstis claimed Heart radio listeners accused him of bullying Matt Hancock during his I’m A Celebrity stint. 

The DJ, 52, joined Jungle Confidential on Monday and said: ‘Someone said, “I really enjoy your show but can you stop making such bullying remarks about Matt Hancock”?’

‘I made some comment a few mornings ago, asking “Who is voting for him?”

Something to say: Toby Anstis claims ‘radio listeners accused him of bullying Matt Hancock but insists politician’s appearance on I’m A Celeb was ‘genius’ as he joined Jungle Confidential on Monday

‘They said “I don’t switch on for that”, but it wasn’t a bullying thing. As someone who is really defending him, it got to a point where everybody was saying it.

‘Millions were going on the app and voting for him. There are people out there who are very defensive of him for whatever reason.’

Elsewhere in the podcast, Toby said: ‘Matt has been a constant talking point. What a genius. Whoever booked him is going to run ITV aren’t they? 

‘Best booking… Back in Australia with that line-up, really good mix of people, but to get the villain of the hour, during lockdown… I wouldn’t say zero to hero, but enough people out of those 12million people were voting for him on a regular basis. 

Toby said: 'Millions were going on the app and voting for him. There are people out there who are very defensive of him for whatever reason'

Toby said: ‘Millions were going on the app and voting for him. There are people out there who are very defensive of him for whatever reason’

‘People were voting for him to do the trials and have the worst hardships but after that, people were voting for him.’

Toby said he felt weird to say it but ‘the longer Matt was on the show, the more you warmed to him.  You almost felt bad about it because of what we went through in the pandemic. Some of which he faciliated.

‘But he is a human being. I don’t think he’s a malevolent, horrible vindictive person . Everybody’s infallible. He made a couple of huge mistakes and errors which he wants forgiveness for.

‘He just came across as a normal guy who gave it everything. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone quite so fearless [during the trials.]

‘He won people over. Some have short memories. Some will blame him who lost loved ones. I lost my aunt. She ended up passing away but I don’t feel venomous.

‘I don’t feel the same fire that some people do but I feel sympathy for anyone who is under such heat, such scrutiny and then go in the jungle. He’s done well.’

Toby has claimed former Health Secretary Matt could be the next Britain’s Got Talent judge, adding that his appointment on the show was a ratings win for ITV and so there might be more in store. 

Toby said he had heard Matt was in the running after it was claimed David Walliams, 51, had quit the show. 

He said: ‘It’s what I’m hearing. He could be judging because there’s a free seat now. ITV love him. He’s a ratings win for them, isn’t he? 

‘The people over at ITV that I talk to, they tell me they were absolutely over the moon with him, They were ecstatic.’

MailOnline has contacted a spokesperson for Matt Hancock for more information.  

Heart Dance Breakfast DJ Toby was the first celebrity to be axed from the show in 2006. 

His words about Matt come just days after it was reported that comedian Walliams, 51, is set to leave the ITV show ahead of its 2023 series.

This came weeks after he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ and making vile sexual remarks about a woman taking part.

It comes as David’s co-stars, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon are in negotiations for their 2023 contracts. None of them have signed a deal yet. 

A BGT source told MailOnline: ‘It’s still very much up in the air at the moment on whether David is going to take part in next year’s show. No decision, though, has been made as yet.’

A spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent said: ‘The judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent 2023 will be announced in due course.’

He's off! Meanwhile, Amanda's fellow BGT judge David Walliams has reportedly quit Britain's Got Talent after 10 years on the judging panel

He’s off! David Walliams has reportedly quit Britain’s Got Talent after 10 years on the judging panel, weeks after he apologised for making vile remarks about a contestant

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