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21/11/2018 17:38 GMT

'I'm A Celebrity': Anne Hegerty's Co-Star Mark Labbett Says He 'Talked Her Into' Signing Up

"I feel even more guilty after voting for her on that trial!"

The Chase’s Mark Labbett has revealed how he is partially responsible for talking regular co-star Anne Hegerty into appearing on ‘I’m A Celebrity’.

Mark - known as The Beast on the ITV quiz show - stopped by ‘Loose Women’ on Wednesday, where he discussed Anne’s time in the jungle so far, and admitted he was partly responsible for her signing up in the first place.

“I’ve got a confession to make,” he told the panel, after saying he was “jealous” of Anne’s jungle stint. “I kind of helped talk her into it.”

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Mark Labbett on 'Loose Women'

When asked whether he felt “guilty” about it after watching her on the show, Mark noted: “I feel even more guilty after voting for her on that trial.

“Foolish me, when they said ‘mental challenge’, I thought ‘perfect for Anne, she’s really good under [those] conditions’. I should have realised, it being the jungle, they’d have her doing more than just solving a problem, there’d be a bit of slime, etc.”

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Anne struggled with her first Bushtucker Trial

When panellist Kaye Adams noted how “shaky” Anne appeared, after taking part in the second Bushtucker Trial of the series, Mark said: “The nice thing about Anne is she doesn’t have that filter, that disguise that other people have, so what you see is genuinely how she is.

“And I know, she will be [shaky] a bit more, but the difference is, she’ll pull herself together after 15, 30 minutes or so, and then she’ll be back. And I think she’ll go a long way.”

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Anne and Mark with the rest of the team from 'The Chase'

So far, Anne has proved popular with ‘I’m A Celebrity’ viewers, winning particular praise after a candid conversation about her Asperger’s syndrome with campmate Rita Simons.

Mark isn’t the only Chaser to have shown his support for Anne, with Jenny “The Vixen” Ryan tweeting about how her aim was to show people with autism that they can achieve anything they want.

‘I’m A Celebrity’ airs nightly on ITV, while ‘Loose Women’ airs every week day from 12.30pm.

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