"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley. Nigel Wright

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

CARSON Kressley is the first to admit he's done a lot of reality TV.

The American stylist and television personality has entered the South African jungle camp to compete on Australian reality show I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! as an intruder, three weeks after 12 other celebrities made their entrance.

Kressley, 47, has made a career out of reality TV and game shows, appearing on everything from America's Dancing With The Stars to Ru Paul's Drag Race, How To Look Good Naked, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Whose Line Is It Anyway and, most recently this year, the new look Celebrity Apprentice with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the helm.

"I have done them all,” the flamboyant American told News Corp.

"I am not thinking of this as a game show although I think that is a great way to think of it I guess because you have to go through these different contests and make your way to the end.”

Producers have billed the former Queer Eye For The Straight Guy presenter as the "campest campmate” of all three seasons of the Channel Ten show.

Never been camping ... Carson Kressley.
Never been camping ... Carson Kressley. Nigel Wright/Channel 10

"I've never been camping and I don't know any basic survival skills,” Kressley told News Corp.

"I don't know how to make a fire. I don't know how to tie a knot. I don't know how to shush away wild animals,” he said.

"But I did grow up on a farm in Pennsylvania so I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils; I think I am fairly scrappy.”

Kressley has long had an affiliation with Australia, making regular trips Down Under and once appearing as a guest on Big Brother and attending the Logie Awards.

His fellow campmates entered the jungle on January 29 and are all competing for up to six weeks living on basic food rations and taking part in challenges with the aim of securing $100,000 for their chosen charity.

For Kressley, that charity is the Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre.

"I have no f**king idea,” he said when asked why he agreed to do the show, adding that best friend, former Dancing With The Stars Australia judge Kym Johnson, encouraged him to do the show.

  • The journalist is in South Africa as a guest of Channel Ten.


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