I'm A Celebrity latecomer Cliff Parisi admits he only signed up for the show to pay his tax bill... months after turning ITV producers down
He’s poised to make a late appearance in the Australian jungle during the current series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
But former soap star Cliff Parisi, 59, admits he was forced into signing up for the show after being confronted with a large tax bill.
When asked why he had agreed to sign up, he told The Sun: 'The taxman. Yeah, I have got a bill I need to pay. Like everyone at this time of year you go, "Oh no! Again. I thought I paid that."
No choice: Cliff Parisi admits he was forced into signing up for the new series of I'm A Celeb after realising he had a tax bill to pay
The actor, best known for his former role as lovable mechanic Minty Peterson in EastEnders, originally turned down the chance to appear on the ITV series after being approached by producers earlier in the year.
However his annual tax estimate prompted a drastic U-turn, leading to a late arrival in the Australian jungle.
He said: 'I had a meeting about this earlier on in the year and I thought about it long and hard and said no and then as it crept along to September and I got an estimate for my tax I phoned them up and said "is it too late to say yes?" So here I am.
'I give myself a bit of a talking to, and then I spoke to the accountant and he made my mind up.'
Old times: The actor is best known for his role as lovable mechanic Minty Peterson in EastEnders
'What is the worst case scenario? A big snake is gonna bite you or the taxman is gonna bite you. What do you want?'
The actor will join Coronation Street star Andrew Whyment as one of two late additions to the purpose built camp.
A show source told The Mirror: 'With Cliff and Andy we have got two big soap names joining the jungle and they'll be a lot of fun.
Incoming: The actor will join Coronation Street star Andrew Whyment as one of two late additions to the purpose built camp
'Cliff is the final piece in the puzzle and comes from two massive BBC shows. It will be interesting to see if he sees the funny side of things when he has been in there a while and the hunger and tiredness kicks in.'
But while producers are excited about their arrival, Cliff admits he has no chance of competing against the ten original celebrities currently in the jungle.
He told The Sun: 'It’s Ian Wright’s to lose I reckon.'
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! continues on Wednesday November 20, ITV1 at 9:00pm.
Stiff competition: While producers are excited about their arrival, Cliff admits he has no chance of competing against the ten original celebrities to enter the jungle.