Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne wants show the public his “real” self when he enters the “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here” show. The reality show signed Warne last minute by reportedly offering him $2 million.
The former cricket legend has been embroiled in controversy over allegations that his charity, the Shane Warne Foundation, was misappropriating funds. Network Ten’s “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here” kicked off tonight with Shane Warne being the final of 12 contestants to be revealed. Warne, who has had a string of high-profile relationships including with actress Liz Hurley, is likely to boost the television ratings points of the channel.
In his recent interview, Warne discussed his intentions of joining the reality series “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.” “One of the advantages of a show like this is that people will tune in and they’ll watch the real me, because I think there’s a misconception of what I’m actually like,” he said on The Fitzy and Wippa radio show on Monday, news.com.au writes.
“I think people see me leading this unbelievable high life, and all this sort of stuff, I actually like nothing better than tracksuit pants on the couch,” he added. The cricket legend also talked about the controversy surrounding the shutting down of his foundation and said he did not do anything wrong. It has been the “most difficult decision” of his life.
“It’s contrary to what people are saying … `The only reason you’re closing down the foundation is because of audits and stuff’, what they don’t understand is we’re still actually doing the audit, we have never ever done anything inappropriate or untoward at the foundation, never, ever received one cent, nothing like that,” Warne said.
He also refuted the allegations that his foundation wasted the money by throwing parties to friends and called these blames “ridiculous.” “Yes, I’m very hurt about it, because we haven’t done anything wrong.”
Former AFL star Brendan Fevola, who will join Warne in the show, has promised to donate the winning amount of $100,000 to Warne’s foundation if he wins the show. Other contestants on the show “I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here” include former “Bachelor” contestant Laurina Fleure, Courtney Hancock, ex-rugby league player Paul Harragon, singer Anthony Callea and “Prisoner” star Val Lehman. Musician Dean Geyer, dancer Bonnie Lythgoe, comedian Akmal Saleh and TV presenter Jo Beth Taylor make up the rest of the team.