Im A Celebs Richard Madeley forced to pull out of ITV show after hospital stay

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star Richard Madeley has unfortunately been forced to pull out of the show after he was taken to hospital Thursday morning.

The Good Morning Britain presenter fell ill while staying on-set in Gwrych Castle at the ITV show’s Welsh location.

While the TV personality insisted he’s “fine”, due to his stay in a hospital with other people he has had to bow out of the show for the “safety” of his other celebrity campmates.

Sharing an official statement to his Instagram page, Richard, 65, explained he’s “gutted”, but knows his early departure is for the best.

“Hello all!” the star began. “Richard here – firstly just to say that I’m absolutely FINE. 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,” Richard continued. “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,” the star went on, going on to thank all the friends and fans who have supported him on his journey on the show.

“Our strict covid protocols means Richard has sadly had to leave the show as he is no longer in the bubble the celebrities form when entering the castle,” a representative for the show stated. "He has been a truly brilliant camp mate and we thank him for being part of this series."

They also revealed that fans shouldn’t expect to see the campmate replaced by any other celebrities.

The other celebrities will likely be upset at Richard’s sudden and unexpected departure – as he wasn’t able to say his goodbyes to the others face to face.

Thankfully Richard was able to record a video message to his campmates so they know he is ok.

Friday night’s instalment will also see the TV star speak with presenters Ant and Dec and will do a proper exit interview.

It comes as Richard felt "unwell" in the early hours of Thursday morning so was promptly visited by the show's on-site medical team.

"He's since been taken to hospital as a precaution, the health and safety of our campmates is our priority."

The Welsh Ambulance Service said it was called to a "medical emergency" at the Welsh castle in Abergele, Conwy, at 05:43 GMT.

"We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car and an emergency ambulance to the scene, and one patient was taken to hospital," they said.

I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues every night at 9pm on ITV.

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