I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! contestant Danny Miller has revealed the moment he thought he was going to be fired by Emmerdale boss.
During Thursday's episode of the gruelling reality show, Frankie Bridge asked Danny about his character Aaron Dingle coming out on the ITV soap opera.
The actor re-counted: "This new producer took over, he was the one who kind of made my career really.
"They asked me to come up for a meeting at the end of the day – I was nervous. It was worrying thinking they’re going to get rid of me and that’s why it's [the meeting] at the end of the day."
He continued: "I just sort of said, didn’t have to think about it, I went, ‘Yeah, I’d love to be able to portray something that’s not really been done in Soap.'
"There’s obviously gay characters in Soap, but in terms of against all stereotypes of a gay man, and it made me think that would be so good.
"At the time, 13 years ago, it wasn’t as kind of open and accepted at that time as it is now.
"I think part of it helped change some perceptions of it really. I’ve had loads of fan letters and stuff that have come through at work that said, 'You helped me come out', 'You helped me deal with my sexuality' and stuff and you think, ‘Wow’.”
When asked if he ever got "stick" for playing a gay man and being straight, Danny said: "People are always saying it to me when they meet me, they’ll go, instantly if it was a bloke, 'How do you kiss them men?'"
He added: "That’s exactly what we’re trying to stop, the stereotype of how do you do that?"
Danny's campmate Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale in EastEnders, said in the Telegraph said: "Danny, taking on that character at such a young age is brave and it can be quite daunting. It is challenging. Sadly, there’s still a lot of homophobia out there."
Matty Lee added: "When I was in high school, that was a horrible environment for anyone to come out. Not a single – not to my knowing – not a single gay person there, or who was out anyway.
If I’d never moved to London I wouldn’t have had any gay mates. A lot of my mates in London are gay and I love them. But without that I wouldn’t have known any.”
Adam said: "The younger generation now are so much more accepting.”
Matty said: "My generation wasn’t nice still in high school. I couldn’t even be a diver without being punched.
The Olympic diver later said in Telegraph: "I would get that sort of bullying from just being a diver. Just because I wear little trunks.
"And it’s a shame because people should be who they want to be, whether it’s their profession, whether it’s their sexuality, their gender, their race… people should be able to do what they want to do."
Danny's final scenes as Aaron played out earlier this week after Danny quit the soap after 13 years.
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