I’m A Celebrity bosses are said to be ‘in crisis’ after a ‘popular star’ withdrew from the 2021 show’s programming after learning she would be held in Wales again instead of ‘Australia.
Other stars are said to have ‘cold feet’ because they fear that ‘the rough in wet Wales won’t be as fun as the jungle’.
It was revealed on Monday that the show’s bosses had been forced to abandon plans to film the next series in Australia after the hell of the country’s lockdown and return to Gwrych Castle in Wales.
“Crisis”: I’m A Celebrity bosses are said to be “in crisis” after a “popular star” withdrew from the show’s programming in 2021 after learning she would be taking place again in the Land of Wales instead of Australia
Wales: It was revealed on Monday that the bosses had been forced to abandon plans to film the next series in Australia after the hell of the country’s lockdown and return to Gwrych Castle in Wales
A source told The Sun: “A popular star immediately gave up. The bosses are still in talks with plenty of celebrities to participate and are confident it won’t put people off considering last year’s success.
They added: “Fortunately for the bosses, those who signed the contracts are still on board. “
Producers hope they will have enough time to reserve major talent.
MailOnline has reached out to ITV representatives for comment.
Back then: Last year’s series – won by Giovanna Fletcher (pictured) against the backdrop of the country’s Gwrych Castle – was a smash hit despite leaving the jungle amid the restrictions in place from the pandemic coronavirus
Insiders revealed to MailOnline earlier this week that the show had been plunged into chaos following the last-minute change of plans, though there was no fear behind the scenes of the success of the broadcast after the roaring triumph of last year’s Welsh series.
During the show, sources said: “This does not mean that the series will be below average because the last series was the second most popular of the television series and it was in Wales. Bosses are working hard to get things ready for launch following Australia’s change of status. ‘
Last year’s series – won by Giovanna Fletcher against the backdrop of the country’s Gwrych Castle – was a success despite leaving the jungle amid restrictions put in place by the coronavirus pandemic.
The last series was the second most popular series since the start of the IAC. The launch episode drew 14.3 million viewers.
Decision: ITV series filmed at Gwrych Castle last year after the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible for the series to travel safely to Australia
Australia has tightened the screws on its strict Covid shutdowns – ordering millions of people in Queensland to stay at home until at least the end of the week as the country strives to control outbreaks of the highly infectious variant of the Delta.
The change in status led to the overhaul of the bosses’ plans.
Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, said: “We can confirm today that we will be returning to Wales for the 2021 series of I’m a Celebrity… Get me out of here!…
“We have always said that we have unforeseen events for the series if the covid situation continues to bring uncertainty, and after a very successful race at the castle last year, we are delighted to be able to return…
“I have no doubt that the production team will produce another extremely entertaining series. “
Richard Cowles, Director of Unscripted at Lifted Entertainment, said: “With continued uncertainty surrounding covid and international travel, we have made the decision not to return home to Australia for the 2021 series…
“We are delighted to be returning to Gwrych Castle. The last series was a huge success and we felt so welcomed by everyone locally and I can’t wait to see everyone again. ‘
Dr Mark Baker, Chairman of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, said: “I am absolutely delighted that I’m A Celebrity has chosen Gwrych Castle as the UK location for the 2021 series.”
Cost: The source added that if the show stays in Wales for another series, ITV will have to shell out more money than it would for Australia