PANICKING I’m A Celebrity bosses fear a star exodus after Richard Madeley’s dramatic departure.
The 65-year-old TV presenter was hospitalized yesterday morning.
He has exited the Covid bubble and so cannot return to Gwrych Castle in North Wales.
The crew is concerned about Dame Arlene Phillips, 78, who is taking pain medication. And DJ Naughty Boy, 36, took advice about his mother’s health.
A source said, “You can’t afford to lose any more big names.”
Richard Madeley said he was “gutted” to leave I’m A Celebrity early in the morning following his medical emergency.
Rescue workers called at 5:23 a.m. yesterday took him to the hospital for tests.
The Good Morning Britain host later said he could not return because he broke attendees’ safe covid bubble.
He wrote on Instagram: “Except for leaving so soon, but the safety of all camp colleagues has top priority. I’m incredibly excited to continue their journey – even more so with the prospect of being in a slightly warmer place. “
Producers fear campmates from Gwrych Castle, North Wales, will follow suit as Storm Arwen threatens snow and 80 mph winds.
The crew is so concerned they are morale that they left cookies and Haribo candy in a private room to cheer up the stars.
Dame Arlene Phillips, the oldest contestant in the show’s history at 78, takes pain medication on a daily basis.
DJ and record producer Naughty Boy, 36, is struggling with his mother’s diagnosis of dementia.
He’s spoken to a psychologist and is given liquid vitamins to make sure he’s okay.
Both stars received medical treatment in a private room separate from the main camp.
Also, singer Frankie Bridge, 32, developed an unexplained rash – and was given a steroid cream to help solve the problem.
ITV said no replacement celebrities will be drafted.
A source said: “The ghosts were down earlier in the week with The Clink and Main Camp split up.
“But the concern about Arlene, who really has problems and is in chronic pain, is growing.
“She’s supported by the likes of David Ginola and Naughty Boy, and she looks really frail. It’s hard enough roughing it up in the ruins of an old castle, let alone at the age of 78.
“She is a soldier and wants to show everyone how tough she is.
“But there can be a point where the decision is taken out of her hands.”
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The insider added, “Naughty Boy has a tough time too.
“He spoke to the show’s psychiatrist team, led by Sandra Scott, on a purpose-built iPad to make sure he stayed upbeat.