"Please don't be upset - I was happy to go."
Amir Khan has revealed the truth about his shock exit from I’m a Celebrity… South Africa.
In a show first, the campmates were told that they would be taking part in a secret ballot, voting for someone to leave the camp.
Ant and Dec later revealed that Amir would be the one leaving.
He is the third campmate to leave following Gillian McKeith and Shaun Ryder’s exit from the show.
The retired boxer’s exit shocked viewers and his fellow campmates.
But now, Amir has revealed the truth about his exit.
On Twitter, he began his statement with “THE TRUTH” and revealed that he told his campmates to vote him off.
Amir wrote: “THE TRUTH – I chose to be picked and nominated out.
“I remember the night before, when the voting was taking place – I strictly told the campmates to vote for me. I couldn’t see anyone else voted out.
“I had my jungle experience, won plenty of stars for camp and enjoyed my time with the campmates.
“Thank you for a wonderful time. Please don’t be upset – I was happy to go.”
Carol Vorderman confirmed that this was the case and posted on her Instagram Story:
“He did tell us all to vote for him. We didn’t want to vote for Amir at all.”
THE TRUTH – I chose to be picked and nominated out. I remember the night before, when the voting was taking place – I strictly told the camp mates to vote for me. I couldn’t see anyone else voted out. I had my jungle experience, won plenty of stars for the camp and enjoyed my… https://t.co/IGhxGUUvvk
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) May 2, 2023
Following his exit, Amir said he asked his fellow campmates to vote for him before he did something silly.
He explained: “I didn’t want to see anyone else go to be honest with you. I hope people at home say, ‘Amir has made a massive difference to the first time’.
“I thought, I’ll be the one to put my hand up. It’s best to leave on a good note than do something silly… which I think was coming!”
Despite living with other celebrities, Amir admitted that he struggled to remember everyone’s names.
“I didn’t really know anyone in camp when I entered. I’m really bad.
“The only people I knew in there were Toff [Georgia Toffolo] and Carol Vorderman.
“Luckily, they all had their names on the back of their T-shirts so sometimes I’d have a little peek at their backs.
“I got on really well with Jordan [Banjo]. We’re a similar age and he really loves boxing.
“He was telling me about fights that I didn’t know about, which was a bit embarrassing.
“Paul Burrell is a really lovely guy. The last two or three days in camp we really got close.”
After the show, Amir Khan said the South African version of I’m a Celebrity was much better than the annual Australian one.
“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It’s like I got to be with a new family in South Africa.”
“I’m always going to compare it with my first time in Australia but this one, for me, was way better.
“Great camp, the campmates were amazing.
“Even though I would have loved to have stayed in a little bit longer, sometimes what can happen is, if you stay longer, you can outstay your welcome.
“It was just a great experience and I’m just glad I had the opportunity.”