Former speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, will be a contestant on the next series of reality US game show The Traitors, producers have revealed.
Bercow will feature in the US celebrity version of the popular game show, which sees a group of people competing for a large cash prize by attempting to solve the mystery of who among them is a traitor, in what is branded “the ultimate game of deception”.
Each contestant takes part in games throughout the day, with an elimination process being held every night, before the traitors ‘kill’ (remove from the game) another player before the end of the morning.
Since leaving politics, Bercow has appeared on game shows The Weakest Link and The Wheel.
He will be joined by a mix of other D-list celebrities, including Love Island winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu, Drag Race star Peppermint, boxing heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Marcus Jordan (son of basketball champ Michael Jordan) and Survivor winner Sandra Diaz-Twine.
Scottish actor Alan Cumming hosts the US show for NBC’s streaming platform Peacock, and is joined by his dog Lala.
The popular British version of the show, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, features ordinary members of the public playing the game.
Bercow stood down from his role in 2019, and last year was denied a pass to the Houses of Parliament after he was deemed to be a “serial bully” and a “serial liar” by the Independent Expert Panel.
He was also suspended by the Labour Party as a result of the findings.
The Independent Expert Panel said “his behaviour fell very far below that which the public has a right to expect” from an MP, and that he had displayed “threatening conduct” towards staff, including verbal abuse, and displays of anger.
Lord Lisvane – a senior clerk in the House of Commons – was also ruled to have been one of many victims of Bercow’s bullying, with “repeated unfounded criticism… often made at length and at volume and included derogatory inferences about [his] upbringing and background”.
They found that Bercow’s behaviour “was so serious that, had he still been a Member of Parliament, we would have determined that he should be expelled by resolution of the House”.
Bercow appealed the original findings, but today the Independent Expert Panel upheld all 21 findings of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
After being denied a seat in the House of Lords, he rejected the ruling, calling it ‘amateurish’.
Bercow is said to currently be filming in a remote Scottish castle which is home to the hit show.
The Traitors will air early next year, with the BBC holding the UK rights.