I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here contestants will reportedly be forced to fly out to Australia two weeks early to self-isolate before the show begins.
ITV bosses are keen to go ahead with the series as usual, and it’s been reported that the celeb campmates will be held in quarantine two weeks before filming starts.
It also comes weeks after ITV boss Kevin Lygo revealed they are looking for an ‘alternative’ to the show if it is not possible.
The Australian government currently has strict rules in place for those arriving in the country from abroad.
New arrivals must stay in a designated hotel for two weeks to control the spread of coronavirus.
‘ITV will continue to say publicly that they are monitoring the situation, but I’ve been told by one of the team that they are cautiously optimistic that it will go ahead,’ a source began.
‘They hope that they’ll be able to go ahead by flying in the cast and crew and quarantining them for 14 days and people signed up for the show have been told to expect a longer stay in Oz – and also a larger cheque.’
‘They can’t get any assurances from the Australia authorities that this will be a goer as, quite rightly, they’ve got more important issues on their plate, but the feeling is that it will happen,’ a showbiz agent added to The Sun Online.
Speculation has already begun about which celebs we’ll be seeing head into the jungle this year.
‘Coughing Major’ Charles Ingram is tipped for an appearance after ITV’s drama Quiz had fans obsessed with his historic appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
Other celebs include Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard, Eric Cantona and Nigel Farage.
Amanda Holden has also made it clear she’d be up for a stint on the show.
Speaking to The Sun, Amanda said: ‘If Ant and Dec announced it would be their last ever series, then I think they’d get to choose who is in it, and we’d all have to do it.’
When asked how she would fare with the show’s many challenges, which involve eating creepy crawlies and animal’s private parts, she said: ‘I’d be a screamer – but there’s nothing I wouldn’t put it in mouth, babe.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to ITV for comment.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here is set to return later this year.
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