Anne Hegerty finally meets 11 year old autistic boy who wrote her a heartbreaking letter during I'm A Celeb

The Chase star sat down with Joseph Hughes during today's This Morning.

Joseph presented Anne, 60, with a picture of The Thunderbirds he had drawn for her.

Anne was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome in 2007 and admitted she was feeling "overwhelmed" after entering the jungle reality show.

During today's segment, Anne talked about appearing on I'm A Celeb with autism.

She told Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes: "My feeling was I didn’t want to go in and say 'listen folks I have this frightful autism' – but if people asked me to talk about it I was happy to talk about it.

"I'm okay, I got back around noon yesterday and then had loads of sleep last night so I'm actually feeling a lot better."

Joseph had praised Anne for her bravery in a touching open letter in which he reveals kids can be "mean" about his condition.

His mum Kate Jarvis posted a pic of the letter on Twitter and it soon went viral, racking up thousands of likes.

Joseph wrote: "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."

During her interview on This Morning, Anne also revealed producers secretly allowed her to read her script for pantomime every day while in the jungle.

She said: “I was allowed half an hour with the script a day in the medical jungle.”

Anne is expected to appear on stage in Windsor from next week, but I’m A Celeb viewers had no idea that she had been secretly preparing for it.
Anne Hegerty reveals she was allowed to practise her panto script every day in the jungle

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