As widely rumoured, the Only Way Is Essex star was announced today as one of ten celebrities entering the I'm A Celeb jungle on Sunday night (17 November).
That means no Joey in the annual TOWIE Christmas episode.
"TOWIE is an amazing show to be part of and I love every minute of it, so it's a shame I'll miss the Christmas special, but going into the jungle is too good an opportunity to miss," he explained.
Joey revealed that none of his Essex co-stars knew he was jetting to Australia as the only person he confided in was his father.
"I have kept it a secret and nobody knows. It's been really tough and not even anybody on TOWIE knows I am going. I told my dad because he is coming with me to Australia. His girlfriend is joining him and he pretended they were going to South Africa so we could keep it a secret. I love my dad so much and he is really proud of me."
Joey is a long-time fan of I'm A Celebrity so is understandably thrilled – and slightly apprehensive – about entering the jungle.
"Five years ago, I started watching the show and now I really can't believe I am going to be going in the jungle. I am so happy. I can't say this enough. What an incredible opportunity. I am actually lost for words because I am so excited."
He added: "I am not really scared but if a spider was by me, I wouldn't want to touch it. I would not be scared for hours and I would be more like 'argh', but even if I touch a dog or a cat, I wash my hands. My reactions are going to be heightened in the jungle for sure. I don't know how I will feel if I have to jump out of a plane. I can't imagine doing it but I will just have to give it a go."
I'm A Celebrity stars Sunday, 17 November at 9pm on ITV.
Check out the full 2013 lineup below!