‘It does hurt’ Jimmy Bullard breaks silence on I’m A Celebrity after early exit

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Former professional football player Jimmy Bullard, 42, has opened up about his early exit from the Australian game show. Speaking in an exclusive chat to Express.co.uk, the Dartford pub owner admitted that his shock exit “does hurt”, seven years on from his appearance in the ITV show.

I was in there for two weeks and that’s a long stint, it does hurt a little

Jimmy Bullard

Jimmy has candidly discussed the emotions he felt surrounding his exit.

He said: “When you do a show like that you don’t ever want to be voted out first.

“I was in there for two weeks and that’s a long stint, it does hurt a little bit, but that hurt doesn’t last long, trust me.”

Jimmy made his departure after 17 days and was the first contestant to be voted off.

TOWIE star Gemma Collins and actor Craig Charles both withdrew from the competition before the first vote.

Jimmy continued: “When you walk over the famous bridge and get back to your hotel, you’re a little bit gutted, but once you’re eating it’s like, ‘I’ve done my part.'”

“I can assure you anyone that gets voted out early is quickly forgotten.”

Jimmy went from being the camp favourite to win, to being the first to leave after viewers saw him clash with TV personality Jake Quickenden.

Jimmy asked the star: “Why the f*** are you in here? What are you? What sort of skill have you got?”

Addressing the comments on ITV’s Lorraine, Jimmy said: “It does come across to the outside as harsh. I can understand that.

“I knew what I was letting myself in for. But believe me, on the inside it was nothing like that.”

The former Fulham player revealed that he is still in contact with a few of his fellow I’m A Celeb contestants, including Jake.

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Jimmy said: “I still speak to Mel Sykes, Carl Fogarty, Jake Quickenden on social media and Tinchy Stryder every now and again.

“I think you always have that loose connection which is nice.”

When asked if he would ever venture into the Australian jungle again, the former footballer admitted: “Never, no. Are you mad?”

He continued: “Even though it’s one of the best gigs I’ve done and it was such a privilege to go on a great show like that, it’s so tough.”

Opening up on his plans once lockdown is lifted, Jimmy revealed that he can’t wait to get his pub, The One Bell, open again: “We’ve had the pub for 12 years, it’s been a long time, it needs to get back on its feet.”

However, during the third lockdown, Jimmy spoke about keeping busy by challenging friend and former football player Chris Kamara to various football-related games using the world’s first connected pressure washer, created by global cleaning experts, Kärcher.

Jimmy said: “Everyone has heard of the iconic Kärcher water pressures.”

Speaking about the Smart Control Technology, Jimmy revealed that he and Kammy had been having fun using the tech: “We set up an assault course and used the app to control the power of the pressure washer and bought a bit of football and fun into it.”

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