Richard Madeley exits I’m A Celebrity as hospital trip shatters show’s Covid bubble

Explaining what happened, Madeley said on Instagram: “I’m doing absolutely fine. I started to feel briefly unwell in the early hours of the morning and was rushed to hospital as a precaution.

“By leaving the camp I had therefore broken the Covid ‘bubble’ and as such had to leave the castle and all the wonderful celebrities who remain in the camp.

“Obviously, I’m sorry to be leaving so early, but the safety of all campmates is the number one priority. I’m incredibly excited to see their journey continue… even more at the thought of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle.

“Thank you to everyone who supported me in my brief but totally unforgettable adventure. I made some great friends and honestly had an unforgettable time.

Madeley had been one of the bookies’ favorites to win the show.

An ITV spokesperson said: “Our strict Covid protocols mean that Richard unfortunately had to leave the show because he is no longer in the bubble that celebrities form upon entering the castle. He has been a comrade. really brilliant camp and we thank him for being a part of this series.

Backlash on the use of invasive crayfish

Separately, the show’s creators avoided legal action for using invasive crayfish in a challenge last year, leaving environmental activists furious.

The Center for Environmental, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences said it decided not to prosecute after the program used Turkish crayfish in the 2020 series, which was filmed in the country. of Wales.

Jon Hulland, Senior Fish Health Inspector, said: “In accordance with our enforcement policy, the company responsible for the animals has received a formal warning that prosecution would not have been an appropriate action in this case.

“We continue to work with the I’m A Celebrity team and other partner government agencies regarding this year’s show and we are currently happy that such a breach did not happen again.”

Matt Shardlow, chief executive of Invertebrate Charity Buglife, said: “We are disappointed that the blatant disregard for biosecurity paraded on TVs across the country during ‘I’m a Celebrity … in 2020 has not resulted in prosecution or conviction.

“It seems that when it comes to environmental crimes, ignorance can be an excuse. “

ITV has been approached for comment.


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