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‘My career was dead’: I’m A Celebrity’s Seann Walsh reveals he performed a show to just 30 people in the ‘worst month of his life’ after his Strictly kissing scandal
Seann Walsh reflected on ‘the worst month of his life’ during Wednesday’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, revealing it came in the weeks following his Strictly Come Dancing kissing scandal.
The comedian, 36, found himself at the centre of a media firestorm when he was photographed kissing Katya Jones while she was married to husband Neil, and he was in a relationship with now ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries.
Speaking to fellow comic Babatunde Aleshe, Seann revealed that after the scandal he was booked to perform at a 200-person venue in Edinburgh, but was horrified when he learned that there were just 30 people in attendance.
Hard times: Seann Walsh reflected on ‘the worst month of his life’ during Wednesday’s I’m A Celebrity, revealing it came in the weeks following his Strictly Come Dancing kissing scandal
Reflecting on the most difficult moment in his career, Seann told Babatunde: ‘Easily the most depressing month of my entire life, Edinburgh after Strictly.
‘We get to Edinburgh, right, I think it’s a 200-seater, I’ve never not in Edinburgh sold out the first night.
‘It doesn’t even occur to me that it’s not sold out. Just before I’m about to go on, my agent comes in and goes, ”Just so you know, there’s like 30 people.”
‘To get told that when you’re just about to go on… horrific. It was at that point I was like, ”Oh, oh..”
Scandal: The comedian, 36, was photographed kissing Katya Jones while she was married to Neil Jones and he was in a relationship with now ex-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries
Babatúndé said: ‘Oh, they don’t like me.’
Seann added: ‘My career was dead, I was over.’
In the Bush Telegraph Babatúndé added: ‘We love joking and making things seem as though it’s always good, it’s always funny. A lot of the times we never talk about some of the hardest times.’
Ordeal: Speaking to fellow comic Babatunde Aleshe, Seann revealed that after the scandal he was booked to perform at a 200-person venue, but learned just 30 people were attending
Seann continued: ‘My agent said, ”There’s nothing I can do. I’m sorry, I’ve tried. I’ve tried everything.”
‘Do you know what I did, I thought, I’ve got to learn to drive. I can’t sit on trains, with people looking at me going, ”Is that the guy that used to…?”
‘I’ve got to learn to drive now as I’ve got to hide. Genuinely. I mean that, I swear on my life. I can’t be on trains.’
Babatúndé added of his own career: ‘I stopped because I had a mental block. I can’t come up with new stuff. I just can’t come up with new jokes, it’s just not happening for me. I lost the love.’
Speaking in the Bush Telegraph, Seann added: ‘There are the highs in comedy but there are the lows. It’s not been an easy ride for either of us.’
Candid: Seann Walsh discussed his Strictly kissing scandal on Thursday’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, calling it the ‘worst moment of my life’
Earlier in the series, Seann had discussed his Strictly kissing scandal with campmate Sue Cleaver, calling it ‘the worst moment of his life.’
He said: ‘Me and my dance partner, who was married, I was in a relationship, we were photographed kissing when we were on Strictly Come Dancing… that was the front page of every newspaper.’
Sue asked: ‘Why did that crucify you? Why did that have such an impact?’
Seann said: ‘To be totally honest with you, my poor ex, my girlfriend at the time, posted a statement. My girlfriend [at the time] posted a statement and that was the end of me.’
Seann said: ‘Me and my dance partner, who was married, I was in a relationship, we were photographed kissing when we were on Strictly… that was the front page of every newspaper’
Speaking in the Bush Telegraph, Sue expressed sympathy for Seann and said he was ‘brave’ to put himself back into the spotlight with I’m A Celebrity.
She said: ‘He’s a lovely lad. He’s a sensitive soul, very sensitive soul. He’s been through the ringer the last three years. I think he’s really brave and I’m glad he’s here.’
In the Bush Telegraph, Seann said: ‘That’s something in my life that I don’t want to go back to. Obviously I knew it would come up. They come up so naturally here.
‘I just want to move on. It’s really nice to have people that will listen and are so lovely and wonderful.
‘I just want to be clear in that I’m very sorry about what happened and I really want this to be a positive experience and it really has been. I want to come out of here and move forward.’
Ex: Seann was in a relationship with then girlfriend Rebecca Humphries at the time (pictured), while Katya was married to fellow Strictly professional Neil Jones
Breakup: 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
While he was taking part on the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Seann kissed his professional dance partner Katya Jones outside a pub.
A photo of the pair kissing caused a media firestorm as the infamous Strictly curse reared its ugly head once more.
Seann was in a relationship with then girlfriend Rebecca Humphries at the time, while Katya was married to fellow Strictly professional Neil Jones.
Despite the controversy, Seann and Katya carried on with the show and were ultimately eliminated in the fifth week.
Following the incident, Seann’s actress girlfriend 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. They soon broke up.
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.
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Thursday at 9pm on ITV.
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I’M A CELEBRITY 2022: THE FULL LINEUP
CLAIM TO FAME: Legendary pop star
PHOBIAS: Being scared
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am going straight into the jungle from playing at various festivals and gigs
ROLE IN THE CAMP: In-house dietician reassuring everyone that they will be ok on the jungle diet. And entertainer – I will sing!
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a very positive person and I don’t bear any grudges
DREAM CAMPMATE: It would be funny if my ex, Jon Moss, comes on the programme -but I don’t think that will happen!
CLAIM TO FAME: Radio DJ
PHOBIAS: I am petrified of heights. I ended up carrying the bags when we took my girlfriend’s niece once to Go Ape as I am so petrified!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? A friend’s birthday, a wedding, and Leeds United matches
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer. Hopefully I can help shorten everyone’s boredom.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hiding food! I am going to fly out early and sneak into the jungle and hide pot noodles everywhere, then I will be everyone’s best friend!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Ant and Dec…let’s see how they cope for 24 hours!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Eileen Grimshaw in Coronation Street
PHOBIAS: Don’t be ridiculous! I am not going to admit to what I fear most!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Coronation Street and we are expecting another grandchild any day, so hopefully it will arrive before I fly out to Australia.
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I will be more of a mum – that is where I will naturally fit.
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I am a good listener, so hopefully I will be a friendly ear for everyone.
DREAM CAMPMATE: Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold. He is my TV husband and it would be lovely to have an ally in camp!
CLAIM TO FAME: Presenter of A Place In The Sun
PHOBIAS: Spiders. There is no point in lying about it! I’ve got an irrational fear about them
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? Just a holiday which I can postpone
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum, cook and morale booster. I always like to look at the positive side in life
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I can cook and I will be good at making sure everything is tidy in camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: Mo Gilligan. He is hilarious and I totally fancy him!
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am scared of absolutely everything. Snakes, rats – I am fearful of them all and I am dreading the trials
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I was going on tour but we’ve postponed it now until next year
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Tension breaker. If I can break tension anywhere it starts up in the camp, then I will do that. We don’t need to be bickering as it will be a first-time experience for everyone
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hopefully I will bring some humour to the camp
DREAM CAMPMATE: I am a big Arsenal fan and so any ex-Arsenal player would be great. I am looking forward to chatting to Ant & Dec about football
CLAIM TO FAME: Comedian
PHOBIAS: I am not too pleased about rats being in there but I am just trying to pretend it is not happening!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, I am really looking forward to taking part in this show
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: People have voiced their feelings about me and I am hoping they will see I am very different. I want to create new memories
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I am a great listener. I can’t cook but if someone would like to teach me, then I will give it a go
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t want to put myself down but if my friends were to answer this question, they would say there isn’t much Seann can do! I am not really bringing too much to the table which is why I am a good listener!
DREAM CAMPER: Lee Evans, anyone from Blink-182 or Boy George. My mum took me to see him at Wembley and he wore a satellite dish as a hat!
CLAIM TO FAME: Rugby Union player and married to Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Tindall
PHOBIAS: I haven’t admitted to having any phobias but in a weird way, I am looking forward to taking part in the trials!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My podcast series and the rugby Internationals this autumn
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Morning motivator. I would like to see everyone get on well and us all have a great experience
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I am a positive person
DREAM CAMPMATE: Samuel L Jackson would be cool. He has lived the life!
CLAIM TO FAME: Playing Romeo Nightingale in Hollyoaks
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? I am a big fan of football so I will miss watching the start of the World Cup
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Entertainer and games coordinator
BEST ATTRIBUTE: It is definitely not my cooking skills or brains!
DREAM CAMPMATE: Any of the Leicester City starting 11!
CLAIM TO FAME: ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor
PHOBIAS: I am not sure what my fear factor will be because I’ve never had rodents, spiders and snakes crawling all over me!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? My children’s annual school ball which I am gutted about
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Mum and cook. I don’t mind falling into that position
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I like to listen and talk. I love learning about people and I have a natural curiosity for people
DREAM CAMPMATE: Colin Murray and Richard Osman
CLAIM TO FAME: Retired England Lioness
PHOBIAS: I don’t like rats and the thought of being underground fills me with fear!
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? The Men’s World Cup. I am going to find it weird not being able to know how the men are getting on in the tournament. Hopefully they will still be in the tournament when I come out of the jungle
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Helping hand. I like to help people if they aren’t having a good day
BEST ATTRIBUTE: Hard worker. I will always find a way to add value. I am also very honest
DREAM CAMPMATE: Another sports person would be great as it would be someone to bounce ideas off.
OLIVIA ATTWOOD – EXITED THE SHOW
CLAIM TO FAME: Love Island star
PHOBIAS: I hate the dark so I’m keen to avoid any challenges in the darkness
MISSING ANY BIG OCCASIONS? No, had the show been on air any later, I could have missed my sister’s wedding
ROLE IN THE CAMP: Clown. I was always the class clown at school and I love having a laugh
BEST ATTRIBUTE: I don’t take myself seriously and I have got a good sense of humour
DREAM CAMPMATE: A pop legend like Dolly Parton who has amazing stories to tell
CLAIM TO FAME: Politician
PHOBIAS: Snakes. I don’t thankfully suffer from claustrophobia –or I think I don’t!
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION YOU WANT TO DISPEL IN THE JUNGLE: Politicians are people too and it will be nice for people to see me as me. We are human too
ROLE IN THE CAMP: I like to muck in, and I think I will be collecting a lot of firewood. I like cooking too
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