I'm A Celebrity 2019: Olivia Anderson Says Husband Shane's Tucker Trials Were Hard To Watch
We caught up with Olivia Anderson to talk about her husband Shane’s experiences just days before he could potentially be crowned King of the Jungle.
Shane was a late entry into the camp, arriving as a surprise to our celebs about a week into their time, but it wasn’t just a surprise for the camp -- Shane hadn’t told his four kids he was heading in either.
Telling the boys he was “going away for work”, Shane left them a video message revealing his true whereabouts.
Admitting that she and her two older sons Charlie and Ben watch the show every night, Olivia told 10 daily there were a few moments she was glad her younger twins Jack and Harry weren’t there to see.
“It’s been fun [watching it],” Olivia said, “it’s been interesting because I’ve had to explain a few things like what Shane was eating.”
During the Meal of Fortune challenge Shane -- along with Sam Dastyari, Justin Lacko and Dermott Brereton -- each had to eat an entire bull’s testicle.
“Like, ‘What’s he eating?’ Testicles. ‘What are testicles?’ You know those things inside the bag… ‘He’s eating those?!’”
Unexpected biology lessons aside, some of the challenges Shane has had to endure have also just been downright stressful for his family to watch.
“I 100 percent never ever thought that,” Olivia said when asked if Shane might have called it quits during his time in the jungle, “He’s not like that.”
“I just thought maybe he’d be a bit silly and not say stop and something would actually go wrong,” she added referring especially to the truly terrifying trial Last Gasp where Shane was submerged in a pitch-black tank with barely any breathing room.
That particular trial, Olivia told us, was one she could only watch with her oldest son Charlie.
I’ve been promising [the boys] that he’s not going to die and hoping to myself that I’m telling the truth.
Still, Olivia knows the experience has all been for a great cause, with Shane raising money once again for his chosen charity, Brest Cancer Network Australia. In the past Shane walked from Adelaide to Melbourne, raising more than $400,000 for BCNA.
A few years later, in 2013, he rode from Melbourne to Perth. The journey of more than 3,500 kilometres took him 22 days and he raised over $1.3 million.
“Obviously we hope he wins,” Olivia said, “He is so passionate about his charity and he’s obviously been involved with them for a while so I would love for them as well.”
And there’s no greater pressure than your biggest fans.
“The boys said don’t come home if you don’t win,” she laughed, “but without sounding stupid, everything Shane’s done in his life he’s done well, so they just expect him to win. He’ll be happy coming this far.”