Matt Hancock and Seann Walsh may arrive in the jungle sooner than planned in order to ‘save’ the show after Olivia Attwood’s shock departure from I’m A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here!
Ant and Dec addressed the former Love Island star’s exit at the start of the show on Monday night as she continued to appear throughout the episode before leaving on ‘medical grounds’.
The Geordie duo said: ‘Unfortunately Olivia has left the jungle for medical reasons. She does feature on tonight’s show but we’re very sad to see her go but we wish her well.’
It has since been reported in the Sun that the ex-Health Secretary, 44, and comedian, 36, will make an early arrival in order to bridge the gap after the unexpected exit.
It comes after Olivia revealed she is ‘heartbroken’ after being forced to leave the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! jungle earlier today due to medical reasons ‘beyond her control’.
A statement was posted on the 31-year-old’s Instagram account on Monday explaining that ITV viewers will ‘hear the truth in due course’ about her shock exit – just 24 hours after entering the jungle.
The former Love Island star blamed ‘reasons beyond her control’ after the show confirmed she had been forced to leave due on medical grounds following her first night on the show.
‘We’re very sad to see her go’: Ant and Dec addressed Olivia Attwood’s shock departure at the start of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on Monday night as she will still appear throughout the episode
The statement read: ‘To say Olivia is heartbroken would be an understatement, she dreamed of doing IAC for years, and was absolutely loving every second of the show and throwing herself into jungle life feet first (just as we knew she would).
‘However, for reasons beyond her control her journey has been cut short. Your support and kind words have meant the absolute world to her, now as much as it always has.’
A source close to Olivia told MailOnline: ‘She’s so upset. She is absolutely devastated.
‘She felt so honoured and privileged to have been the first Love Island star to be given the opportunity to go into the I’m A Celeb jungle.
‘The worst part is that she absolutely did not quit the show and hates anyone thinking it was her decision to leave.
‘She wanted to take part still, but she had to leave for reasons beyond her control, which will be explained at a later time.’
‘You will hear the truth in due course’: Olivia’s family revealed she’s ‘heartbroken’ after being forced to leave the jungle earlier today due to medical reasons
Elsewhere during Monday night’s episode of the show, Owen Warner showed off his impressively ripped physique as he took to the famous I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! camp shower.
The Hollyoaks actor, 23, stripped down to a pair of swimming shorts to reveal his toned torso while washing under the running water on the first morning.
The iconic camp shower was made famous by Myleene Klass when she stripped to her bikini on the show in 2006.
Rippling muscles: Owen Warner, 23, showed off his impressively ripped physique as he took to the famous I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! camp shower during Monday night’s episode
Fruits of his labour: Owen took the opportunity to show off the results of the work he’d put in at the gym in the shower
Steamy scene: The Hollyoaks actor stripped down to a pair of swimming shorts to reveal his toned torso and broad chest while washing under the running water
Dad bod: Babatunde Aleshe admitted he could not compete with Owen’s physique, describing himself as having a ‘Dad bod’
The actor joked that the worst thing about the I’m A Celebrity! camp is Mike Tindall‘s snoring.
Owen woke up on the first morning having spent the night in the jungle after struggling to sleep alongside former rugby player Mike, 44.
It comes after fans claimed to have spotted a looming ‘feud’ between Owen and Mike during Sunday’s series premiere.
Soap star Owen said: ‘I thought the main thing I was going to have to be looking out for was the spiders, the snakes or the insects… turns out it was actually Mike. We’ve got a classic case of a [mimics loud snoring].’
Troubled sleep: Owen Warner has joked that the worst thing about the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! camp is Mike Tindall’s snoring
Owen was not the only one of the campmates to struggle on their first night – ITV newsreader and Loose Woman anchor Charlene White admitting she struggled to sleep out in the open air and was already missing her family.
The broadcaster is mother to Alfie, five, and Florence, three, who have remained in the UK with her partner Andy.
She said: ‘I would say that my first night’s sleep in the jungle wasn’t great. I’m not used to sleeping outdoors, it’s a new environment.
‘I think I was over emotional, I was missing the kids, it just got released through tears really and I just couldn’t stop crying.’
Early risers: Owen admitted he struggled to sleep on the first night due to the snoring in the camp
Emotional: Owen was not the only one of the campmates to struggle on their first night – ITV newsreader and Loose Woman anchor Charlene White breaking down into tears
Elsewhere, I’m A Celebrity fans brand first trial ‘dangerous’ as Chris Moyles and Boy George seemed like they were left struggling to breathe.
The stars tackled the HMS Drown Under trial alongside fellow VIPs Scarlette Douglas and Olivia Attwood – who was forced to leave the jungle on medical grounds shortly after.
As they arrived at the trial, they were greeted by hosts Ant and Dec, who explained what they would be facing in the first Bushtucker Trial of the series.
‘Were they trying to drown them!: I’m A Celebrity fans brand first trial ‘dangerous’ as Chris Moyles and Boy George were left struggling to breathe
Ant said: ‘As you know, in order to leave this island and head into camp you have to take part in the first Bushtucker Trial. In order to feed yourselves and your fellow campmates tonight.’
Dec continued: ‘This is HMS Drown Under. Two of you have to work together to locate the taps which are situated inside these hell holes. You’ll both need to turn the taps to fill up the water pipe. Every time the water reaches a number it will release a star into the two torpedo tubes which are behind you here, where the other two celebrities will be locked in.’
Ant noted of it being a Bushtucker Trial: ‘There’ll be a few surprises along the way.’
Trial: Chris and Boy George were seen lying down inside a chamber, wearing goggles and a hard hat, as it began to fill with cold water
Challenge: The stars tackled the HMS Drown Under trial alongside fellow VIPs Scarlette Douglas and Olivia Attwood – who was forced to leave the jungle on medical grounds shortly after
Chris and Boy George were seen lying down inside a chamber, wearing goggles and a hard hat, as it began to fill with cold water.
Chris shouted out: ‘You could have warmed it up a bit!’
Olivia and Scarlette then had to put their hands into small wall openings containing worms in a bid to unscrew pipe fittings inside.
While they screamed in horror, Scarlette encourages Olivia to ‘keep going’ and Ant and Dec look on and laugh.
Ant noted of it being a Bushtucker Trial: ‘There’ll be a few surprises along the way.’
As the cold water entered the tank, Chris shouted out: ‘You could have warmed it up a bit!’
ITV viewers took to Twitter to express their concern as the challenge looked ‘dangerous’ and made them feel ‘claustrophobic’.
One wrote: ‘That water was way too high oh my god my claustrophobia is screaming.’
Another said: ‘Don’t know how Chris and George did that, terrifying’
‘Chris Moyles is never having a bath again is he,’ a third penned.
One added: ‘That was a bit tough with the water level. Good effort though’
Concerned: ITV viewers took to Twitter to express their concern as the challenge looked ‘dangerous’ and made them feel ‘claustrophobic’
Meanwhile, Chris Moyles spoke out about his impressive six stone weight loss during Monday’s I’m A Celebrity – admitting microwavable kebabs were once part of his diet.
The radio DJ, 48, told his campmates he decided to turn his life around when he was struggling to train for his Comic Relief charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009.
When asked what motivated him, he told ITV newsreader and Loose Women anchor Charlene White, 42: ‘A mixture of things. I climbed Kili [Mount Kilimanjaro]. I was 17.5 stone at Christmas and we were climbing in March.
Changed lifestyle: Chris Moyles, 48, spoke out about his impressive six stone weight loss during Monday’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
‘I got down to 16 [before we went]. Climbed Kili and lost a stone in a week.
‘I sat at 15 [stone] for ages and I had a trainer, and one day I just went, “It’s a waste of time this training, I’m not losing any weight” and he just barked at me, “That’s because your diet’s s***!”
‘So we had a big chat… I fell down to 12 stone really quickly. 10 years ago [that was].’
Speaking out: The radio DJ, 48, told his campmates he decided to turn his life around when he was struggling to train for his Comic Relief charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009
Support: Hollyoaks star Owen Warner, 23, told him: ‘Come on, you’re better than that!’, as he was surprised by Chris previously eating microwave kebabs
On the food he used to eat, Chris added: ‘I once bought a microwavable kebab.’
Hollyoaks star Owen Warner, 23, told him: ‘Come on, you’re better than that!’, to which Chris replied: ‘From what I remember it tasted alright. But back then I was eating all sorts of c**p.’
He added: ‘I didn’t necessarily eat a lot but what I did eat was all bad. All bad.’
New man: The radio DJ, 48, has lost six stone, dropping from 18 stone to 12, and former Love Island star Olivia Attwood, 31, failed to recognise him in the opening episode on Sunday
It has been reported in the Sun that controversial signings Matt Hancock and Seann Walsh will be brought in early after it was revealed they are this year’s late arrivals.
Insiders suggested that bosses want to bring in the campmates sooner following Olivia’s unexpected exit to ‘save’ the show after she was forced to leave early.
Earlier in the day, her fiancé Bradley Dack has confirmed that the TV personality is ‘fine’, but will be ‘gutted’ with the early departure – after only spending 24 hours in the jungle.
However, admitting that even he doesn’t know why Olivia is leaving, the Blackburn Rovers footballer told MailOnline: ‘I just saw it in the news, like anyone else’.
Bradley added: ‘She’ll be gutted. I think she’s fine, but I haven’t spoken to her. I’m really not sure what’s happened. I just saw it in the news, like anyone else. I’m waiting for a call.’
Shock: A statement was posted on the 31-year-old Love Island star’s Instagram account on Monday explaining that ITV viewers will ‘hear the truth in due course’ about her shock exit
It read: ‘To say Olivia is heartbroken would be an understatement, she dreamed of doing IAC for years, and was absolutely loving every second of the show and throwing herself into jungle life feet first (just as we knew she would).’
Catching a flight: She is now already on her way home to be consoled by her fiancée Bradley Dack after trying in vain to beg show bosses to return to the camp (pictured at Brisbane Airport at 7pm local time)
It has been reported that the TV star will still get her £125,000 fee for appearing despite withdrawing from camp just 24 hours after arriving., according to The Mirror.
A TV source revealed that due to a particular clause in her celebrity contract, she will still receive her full fee, which is understood to be approximately £100,000 -£125,000.
After making history as the first Love Island personality to compete on the ITV show , the reality star has now left the camp after being involved in a reported ‘medical drama’.
She is already on her way home to be consoled by midfielder Bradley after trying in vain to beg show bosses to return to the camp.
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A show spokesman told MailOnline: ‘As a precautionary measure Olivia needed to leave the jungle to undergo some medical checks.
‘Unfortunately, the medical team has advised it is not safe for Olivia to return to camp as there needs to be further investigation. She has been absolutely brilliant and she’ll be very much missed on the show.’
Olivia’s early exit means she’s tied for the shortest stint in camp after EastEnders actress Elaine Lordan also withdrew after just 24 hours during the 2005 series when she fainted twice in one day.
It’s a shock blow to the ITV series, which returned on Sunday night with two million more viewers than last year , after spending two years being filmed in Wales due to the Covid pandemic.
The dream is over: A show spokesman told MailOnline: ‘As a precautionary measure Olivia needed to leave the jungle to undergo some medical checks’
During the action-packed launch show, Olivia’s jungle experience got off to a pleasant start when she was chosen to be a VIP campmate by the audience and chose fellow campmate Chris Moyles, 48, to be her companion for a lavish meal in a roped-off area.
Reality star Attwood and radio legend Moyles were then given a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ as they faced the ultimate skydive entrance.
Chris and Olivia had been enjoying their meal when they received some information, which read: ‘Olivia and Chris, we hope you enjoyed your meal. It’s now time to begin your journey into camp and as VIPs you’re going to get a taste of the high life by jumping out of a chopper at 10,000ft.’
Taking the plunge: The reality star and the radio legend were then given a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ as they faced the ultimate skydive entrance
Chris said to Olivia: ‘You take me for a prawn and then in a helicopter – you’re a s*** date;’ as Olivia laughed: ‘It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I just need to get back on safe ground in one piece – both boobs, all the veneers, everything.’
After completing the jump first, an emotional Olivia said: ‘Oh my god I’m crying, that’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, ever. That is incredible. Top 10 experience of my life. Just amazing.’
Taking in her surroundings she added: ‘I didn’t expect to be landing on a beach – where the hell are we?’
Olivia rose to fame on Love Island in 2017, where she coupled up with Chris Hughes , and has since fronted her own reality series, Olivia Meets Her Match starring her footballer fiancée, Bradley, as well as an ITV2 docu-series on the sex industry.
Olivia announced her engagement to Bradley in October 2019, sharing sweet snaps of the couple on a beach in Dubai after the footballer popped the question. She admitted prior to entering the jungle that sex would be the thing she will miss most in the outback.
Upset: Taking to Twitter as the news broke, former Queen Of The Jungle Georgia Toffolo led the frustrated fans
Taking to Twitter as the news broke, former Queen Of The Jungle Georgia Toffolo tweeted: ‘Nooooooooooo @oliviajade_att having to leave the jungle on medical grounds?! I’m so upset’.
Other fans penned: ‘devastated fans penned: ‘the way we’ve been robbed of Olivia Attwood annihilating Matt Hancock in less than a day #ImACeleb’ ; Olivia attwood gone after a day?? Fs wanted her to pop off at Matt Hancock #ImACeleb #ImACelebrity
‘Olivia Attwood has left the jungle to ‘undergo some medical checks’ and won’t be returning to camp. Gutted – I honestly thought she was finalist material #ImACeleb’ ‘Olivia Attwood is my spirit animal, gutteddd she’s left the jungle.’
Olivia’s final scenes will air on Monday night’s show when she takes on a gruesome challenge.
New friend: After being named a jungle VIP, Olivia was able to choose one of her fellow contestants to join her for a meal at the villa, with Olivia choosing radio DJ Chris
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