Richard Madeley has had to leave. I’m a celebrity … after a “medical emergency” on the set.
In a statement posted on Instagram, the star said: “Richard here – first just to say I’m fine OK. I started to feel briefly uncomfortable in the wee 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 I have had to leave the castle and all the wonderful celebrities left in the camp.
Obviously, I’m sorry to leave so soon, but the safety of all campers is a top priority. I’m incredibly excited to see their journey continue … even more so with the prospect of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle.
“Thank you to everyone who supported me on my short but completely unforgettable adventure – I have made some good friends and honestly had the time of my life.
Richard x “
An ITV spokesman said: “Our strict covid protocols mean that Richard has unfortunately had to leave the show as he is no longer in the bubble that celebrities form when they enter the castle. He has been a real brilliant campmate and we thank him for being a part of this series. ”
The 65-year-old TV host was seen by a medical team on the spot before being admitted to hospital as a precautionary measure, ITV said earlier today.
Wednesday’s episode of the show saw Madeley slip her head first down a sewer of rotten fruits and vegetables during a lawsuit called Castle Kitchen Nightmares.
The challenge meant that the presenter was chasing 10 hidden stars in a room “full of castle creatures” when rotten food was thrown at him from above.
An ITV spokesman said: “Richard was ill in the early hours and was immediately seen by our medical team on the spot.
“He has since been taken to the hospital for safety; the health and safety of our campmates is our priority. “
Madeley, best known for hosting This Morning with his wife, Judy Finnigan, is one of 12 contestants taking part in this year’s series at Gwrych Castle in North Wales.
A spokeswoman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 05.43 this morning, Thursday 25 November 2021, for reports of a medical emergency at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Conwy.
“We sent a paramedic in an emergency vehicle and an emergency ambulance to the scene, and a patient was taken to the hospital.”
Madeley has recently been one of several guest hosts for Good Morning Britain alongside Susanna Reid following the departure of Piers Morgan.
Reid wrote on Twitter: “Sending love – hope he’s ok now. Do a brilliant job on #IACGMOOH and support everyone. Get well soon Richard.”
The flagship series has returned to Wales for the second year due to ongoing travel restrictions for coronavirus, preventing footage at its usual Australian jungle location.
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