She faced some of her worst fears in the Australian jungle, downing stomach-churning fish eye drinks and hanging out with creepy crawlies.
And Anne Hegerty’s performance was all the more impressive given she was diagnosed with Asperger’s aged 45.
The form of autism makes it hard for those with the condition to cope with change and new circumstances.
But The Chase star became an inspiration for others across the nation by putting on a brave face for the vomit-inducing challenges.
However, she’s now admitted that her decision to take part in the survival show was not about her condition.
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Anne’s jungle bravery inspired others with autism
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But that’s not why she took part
Responding to a video of a little boy who’d been given hope for his own future after seeing Anne, in tonight’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Coming Out Show she says, “It’s nice to know that one is sort of inspiring children.”
However, she admitted her motive had nothing to do with raising awareness.
“It’s completely untrue I did it (the Jungle) to raise awareness of autism, I did it for the money," she admits.
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Anne as The Governess
Anne – who plays The Governess on The Chase – is believed to have been paid between £60,000 and £80,000 for the ITV show, which saw her become infamous for her flatulence.
Speaking about her penchant for a pump, she insisted it’s better out than in.
“Sometimes its just gotta go. Every time I got up from the bed I had to kind of do this thing where basically my arse was in the air, if it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen," she adds.
*I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Coming Out Show airs tonight at 9pm on ITV
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