Nick Knowles has proven himself to be the most generous celeb in the jungle, gifting his luxury item to a struggling Anne Hegerty.
General knowledge wizard Anne admitted to Nick how life in the jungle was proving to be more physically difficult than she expected, and kind Nick was quick to give The Governess his comfy pillow to make sleeping at least, a little bit easier.
The 56-year-old TV presenter later revealed he’d brought the pillow with the intention of lending it to someone in need, and many viewers feel they’ve already found their King of the Jungle.
Nick explained to his fellow campmates:
Do you know why I chose the pillow? So I could give it to anyone who was struggling sleeping.
Chucking the pillow over to Anne, Nick said:
So, this is for you.
Full of gratitude, Anne thanked Nick profusely.
— I'm A Celebrity… (@imacelebrity) November 20, 2018
Many viewers have admired Nick for being a ‘lovely guy’, praising his selfless act on social media.
One viewer tweeted:
What a gent Nick Knowles is, and hang in there Anne Hegerty. You’re a trooper, and one hell of a lady.
Caught up on @imacelebrity earlier and I really felt for @anne_hegerty as it must really be a struggle for her but was so nice to see everyone rally around and supporting her and it was so sweet of @MrNickKnowles to give her his luxury pillow #ImACeleb [sic]
What a gent Nick Knowles is, and hang in there Anne Hegerty. Your a trooper, and one hell of a lady. X
— Deborah (@snuffles1972) November 21, 2018
god bless nick knowles and anne hegerty
— nadia (@nadiadalee) November 20, 2018
caught up on @imacelebrity earlier and I really felt for @anne_hegerty as it must really be a struggle for her but was so nice to see everyone rally around and supporting her and it was so sweet of @MrNickKnowles to give her his luxury pillow #ImACeleb
— Kelli Connolly (@KelliConnolly3) November 21, 2018
— Lisa (@lcbown4) November 20, 2018
Viewers have also been inspired by clever Anne, who has opened up about living with Aspergers while on the show.
Talking openly with former EastEnders star Rita Simons, The Chase favourite explained:
I didn’t raise the autism issue. It’s not like: ‘I want you to know I have this interesting disability that you have to accommodate’,
If someone else raises it then I make it quite clear that I’m happy to talk about it.
Anne later told the cameras:
I really appreciate how nice and sympathetic they’ve been to me,
It was nice that they said I pick up on social cues because I’m never quite sure that I entirely do. I just get overwhelmed with all the things there are to do.
Anne wasn’t diagnosed with Aspergers until 2003, when she was 45-years-old.
I think that was the first time in history that the whole of the UK wanted a Chaser to win. Love Anne Hegerty 😍 #imaceleb
— Georgia Toffolo (@ToffTalks) November 20, 2018
As a parent of autistic children I know some of the difficulties they have to face in day to day life and watching @imacelebrity I have full respect for Anne Hegerty. Hoping this is going to be a amazing journey for her.
— Mrs C (@Nikkijcole1980) November 18, 2018
One 11-year-old boy with autism even wrote Anne a letter, expressing admiration for her bravery:
I think you are very brave for going in the jungle. I couldn’t go there because there are too many bugs. You are very clever.
Sometimes people are mean to me because I am autistic but watching you makes me see that other people can have autism too and maybe I can have a cool job like you when I am older.
— Georgia Toffolo (@ToffTalks) November 19, 2018
There’s something so genuinely nice about Anne Hegerty. What a sweet soul #ImACeleb
— Shannon Anderson (@ShannonA_92) November 19, 2018
In a TV show famous for so much drama and bickering, it’s always lovely to see such a sweet gesture. Good on you Nick!
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.