I’m A Celebrity 2010: Gillian McKeith is terrified of ‘anything that moves’

by Lisa McGarry

You Are What You Eat

We are predicting that Gillian McKeith will have a tough time in the I’m A Celebrity jungle, after she admitted that she has a “serious phobia of anything that moves.”

The You Are What You Eat presenter will star on the reality TV show from this Sunday and will no doubt come face to face with rats, bugs, cockroaches and the famous witchey grub. Admitting that this is the part of the jungle experience that she most dreads, McKeith said:

“I have had a serious phobia of anything that moves since I was a child.

“I think I am very together as a person. I have worked hard to get where I have today, but when I see anything that moves,something takes over me. It’s involuntary and irrational but I am terrified.

“I can remember being in a restaurant in Colorado once when I saw an animal. I climbed onto the table with my child and screamed in the middle of the restaurant. I didn’t care that people were watching. I was more terrified of the animal. Apparently it was quite normal because the restaurant was in the mountains, but I didn’t care.

“I have fainted several times too and I have been known to call a taxi when I have seen a spider in my house and pretended I was going somewhere. I’d then get the driver to help me get the spider out of the house.”

Revealing she is also petrified of water and scared of heights, Gillian added:

“Something happens when I get in the water too. And I am scared of heights. I feel like I am going to jump off. Of course I don’t but it’s awful.”

Knowing that often show bosses decide to parachute contestants into camp, before making them crawl through tunnels filled with creep crawlies, McKeith admitted that she has been having nightmares in the run up to the start of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

She said: “I have had nightmares about all of this. I’ve woken up with ants crawling all over me. I am sure I will scream. I don’t want to but I just can’t help it.”

Gillian is the author of countless books on healthy nutrition and has also competed in reality TV show The X Factor: Battle of the Stars and Supersize vs Superskinny.

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!