I’m A Celebrity star admits sneaking in hidden item into the camp: ‘They took it away!’
I’m A Celeb: Richard Madeley says he tried to smuggle in a watch
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Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley, unfortunately, had to pull out of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! due to a health scare in the early hours of the morning. He joined presenters Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard to discuss his short journey on the show and the conditions within the castle, including being “out of touch” with the outside world.
Speaking to Richard about his time on the show, Susanna asked: “You said that they take away your watch, so what is taken away when you’re there because that must be quite disorientating in itself?”
Richard laughed and exclaimed: “Everything, including the things you try and smuggle in,” to which Ben asked: “What did you try to smuggle in?”
Richard explained: “I tried to smuggle in a tiny little digital watch in the arm of my zipper jacket.
“They took it away, and Naughty Boy tried to smuggle in some cumin.”
Ben reminded Richard: “But he told them about it didn’t he?” to which he exclaimed: “I know! What was he thinking? What a stupid thing to do!”
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“He’s an honourable boy, they take away your watch, obviously a week beforehand, you surrender your phone.
“When you’re in the quarantine house, you’re out of touch with the world for a good week beforehand, and you go in pure and ready for anything.”
Richard was taken to hospital for tests and revealed he now feels much better, but his venture out of the castle broke the Covid bubble the celebrities had made.
Speaking on his health issues, Richard explained: “The penny didn’t drop, but not much was functioning at all.
“I think what happened to me was, I think I got dehydrated, I think that’s all it was, and dehydration, if anyone’s ever suffered from it, it’s actually quite disturbing.
“Basically, I think I’d been up for about 20 hours the day before, and the day before that, we were having very long days and sleeping quite late,” he said.
The star continued, “We don’t have watches in there, but I don’t think I got to bed until about 4-4:30 in the morning.
“I knew I was feeling thirsty, and I’m quite bad at remembering to drink actually, to drink water and as I actually snuggled into my sleeping bag and it was freezing,
“I thought, ‘Ah, I haven’t had a big drink for a while – I’ll do it when I wake up’. And the next thing I knew, I was sitting there babbling, I don’t know, I was talking nonsense…”
“I basically woke up, I didn’t know where I was, I didn’t know what was going on, and I could barely string a sentence together.
“You know, as it turned out it was harmless, there was nothing wrong.
“I went to the hospital and had all the tests you could imagine. I had tests up here, I had bloods (and) all the rest of it.
“And I got 100 per cent clean bill of health, and they were happy for me to go back in, and by then, I’d had a cup of tea and a drink of water, and I was back on the rail.”
The celebrities have currently been taken out of the castle as ITV were forced to cancel the weekend’s episodes after Storm Arwen damaged the equipment.
It could be longer before the celebs return to the castle for their own safety, as ITV is yet to confirm whether the show will be broadcast live tonight.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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