Richard Madeley is leaving I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here as his visit to hospital means he broke the show’s “Covid bubble”.
The 65-year-old presenter had been taken to hospital overnight after a “medical emergency” on the set of the show in Wales. He was tended to by an on-site medical team before being admitted to hospital as a precaution.
Posting an update to Instagram this afternoon, he said he is “absolutely fine” but is “gutted” to be leaving his campmates.
He wrote: “I started to feel briefly unwell in the small hours of the morning and was taken to hospital as a precaution. By leaving the camp, I had consequently broken the Covid ‘bubble’ and as such I’ve had to leave the castle and all the wonderful celebs that remain in the camp.
“Obviously I’m gutted to be leaving so soon but the safety of all the campmates is the number one priority. I’m incredibly excited to watch their journey continue…even more so at the prospect of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle.
He concluded: “Thank you to everyone who supported me on my brief but completely unforgettable adventure – I’ve made some great friends and honestly had the time of my life.”
Last night’s episode of the hugely popular programme saw Madeley slide head first into a sewer of rotten fruit and vegetables during a trial called Castle Kitchen Nightmares. The presenter hunted for 10 stars in a room “full of castle critters” as rotten food was dumped on him from above.
After the news broke of Madeley falling ill this morning, people took to Twitter to share their well-wishes:
@itvnews @ITVWales Love the show, 🤞🙏that Richard is ok and I wish him a speedy recovery 💐