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The former glamour model, 45, gave her candid opinions on the ongoing 2023 series of the ITV reality show as she appeared on GB News on Wednesday evening.
Nigel missed out on yet another Bushtucker Trial on Wednesday after admitting he wanted to take part in the challenges to bag '25 per cent of the airtime'.
Though his airtime has increased in recent days, Katie waded into the airtime row as she told how editing can 'sway' the public vote and ultimately the winner.
Katie Price has waded into Nigel Farage 's I'm A Celebrity airtime row as she spoke about how the show's final edit can 'sway' voting
She waded into the airtime row after former UKIP leader Nigel's team hit out at his minimal appearances on screen
Reflecting on her own appearance on I'm A Celebrity in 2004, Katie told how she and her fellow campmates were shocked when radio DJ Mike Read was the first to go home in the public vote because he was 'so entertaining'.
'A lot of the editing can be swayed by who they want to sway to win,' Katie told GB News.
'I've met Nigel a few times, he has interviewed me. I like Nigel. The politics side, I stay out of, but as a person, I have no problem with him and I like him.
'What people have got to remember, when you're in that jungle, it shouldn't matter what you do as a living.
'You're all in it together, surviving. I think it is a way to get to know a person. He is a human being at the end of the day, and everyone deserves a chance.'
Katie first featured on I'm A Celebrity in 2004 and was the sixth star to be eliminated, and she later returned to the show in 2009, but withdrew before the public vote.
Her comments came just hours after Nigel missed out on another Bucktucker Trial and '25 per cent of the airtime' in Wednesday's episode.
Nigel, who is understood to be earning a record £1.5million for his appearance in the jungle, has already expressed his dismay at not being nominated for Bushtucker Trials.
Katie first featured on I'm A Celebrity in 2004 (pictured) and was the sixth star to be eliminated, and she later returned to the show in 2009, but withdrew before the public vote
Nigel missed out on yet another Bushtucker Trial on Wednesday after admitting he wanted to take part in the challenges to bag '25 per cent of the airtime'
The former politician volunteered to take part in the Critter Mixer trial but he didn't end up being among the final three celebrities to be picked for it.
Nigel previously told how he wanted to take part in the trials to bag '25 per cent of the airtime' but his recent scenes on the show have been fleeting.
'If you do the challenges, it's 25 per cent of the airtime. I'm looking at reaching a whole new audience,' he tactically said in an earlier episode.
And viewers shared their amused reactions as they referenced Nigel's previous comment when he missed out on taking part in the latest trial.
Taking to X - formerly known as Twitter - one wrote: 'Nigel is once again losing his 25% of airtime.'
While another said: 'Nigel turning down air time.'
Though he missed out on the Bushtucker Trial, he got some more screen time as he took part in the dingo dollar challenge alongside Josie Gibson.
Nigel had volunteered to take part in the Critter Mixer trial but it was decided that Marvin Humes, Nick Pickard and Tony Bellew would be the three stars to go.
Nigel appeared disappointed but admitted that the trio were more 'physically capable' than him as he referenced the injuries he sustained from a plane crash.
However, viewers pointed out that Nigel may have been better than Tony in the trial, as he had to answer general knowledge questions before Marvin and Nick grabbed stars in the critter mixer.
One said: 'I get the impression that Nigel Farage would have been the one to do the general knowledge part of this trial!'
Ahead of the trial, Nigel appeared keen to take part as he was quick to volunteer as the camp decided who would be doing the challenge.
The former politician volunteered to take part in the Critter Mixer trial but he didn't end up being among the final three celebrities to be picked for it
Viewers shared their amused reactions as they referenced Nigel's previous comment about wanting '25 per cent of the airtime' when he missed out on taking part in the latest trial
Despite Nigel also volunteering, it was Tony Bellew, Nick Pickard and Marvin Humes who headed off for the Critter Mixer trial
Tony said: 'Yeah, I'm happy to go, doesn't bother me. I'm easy,' while Nick said: 'I'm up for it,' and Marvin added: 'You know me, team player, ready to do it.'
After Nigel also volunteered, Tony then decided as he declared: 'Go on then, I'll go.'
After it was agreed that Marvin, Tony and Nick would go, Nigel said: 'I'm astonished, but OK,' prompting Josie to ask him: 'Did you really want to do it, Nige?'
Nigel said: 'It's done now, I was very happy to do it, but Tony, it's fine. Tony is more physically capable than I am. That's the point. I want to do it, but I don't want to let the camp down.'
In the Bush Telegraph, he added: 'I want to pull my weight, I want to do my bit, but I was kind of talked out of it by the team.
'What frustrates me here is that I realise that I am damaged - mostly as a result of the plane crash - and that leaves me in a weaker position in some things to the other campmates and that's just the way it is.
'But I try and make up for it in every other way that I can.'
Nigel finally secured some brief screen time in Tuesday and Wednesday's episodes after his camp hit out at his minimal airtime on the hit ITV reality show.
Upon Nella Rose's departure, Nigel's team took to his Instagram to share a mock-up of Farage as a wanted profile on BBC show Crimewatch.
An accompanying caption read: 'Apologies to all the ITV viewers who blinked between 9pm-10:20pm this evening.. You probably missed Nigel.'
ITV producers had high hopes for Nigel after agreeing to a bumper fee with the GB News host, but sources claim they have been underwhelmed with his impact on the jungle camp.
Though he missed out on the Bushtucker trial, he got some more screen time as he took part in the dingo dollar challenge alongside Josie Gibson
It comes after supporters of Nigel took another swipe at ITV on Monday by claiming he is being given limited airtime on the hit reality TV show
An insider told The Mirror: 'People I know working on the show think Farage is one of the least interesting campmates ever.
'He is very boring and producers have struggled with fun storylines to show a different side to him.
'He's good for Brexit and culture wars stuff, but outside of that, the local wildlife is more entertaining than he is.
'One example is a few of them were talking about their favourite movies and he couldn't come up with a single one! Politics is his life and basically outside of that he's got no personality.'
Nigel's reported fee is understood to be a show record and eclipses the £320,000 earned by former Health Secretary Matt Hancock in 2022.
I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues Thursday at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.