I’m A Celebrity: ITV bosses ‘forced to axe’ second mystery campmate

ITV bosses have reportedly cancelled their plans to bring in a second campmate alongside Noel Edmonds, who was revealed to be an I’m A Celebrity secret contestant.

In previous years, two campmates have entered the jungle later than other contestants to stir up some trouble and break up happy camping dynamics.

This year, it has been said that Noel will be one of the people heading into the camp as a late arrival.

However, there’s been no reports about the second campmate who would join the likes of Emily Atack, Nick Knowles, Harry Redknapp and the others.

I'm A Celebrity: ITV bosses 'forced to axe' second mystery campmate

Noel will be heading into the camp as a late arrival
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According to Sun Online, show bosses scrapped the extra stars because of money constraints.

A source claimed that after producers forked out big fees for the likes of Noel, Harry and other campmates, they only plan to sign 11 stars this year.

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Bosses have apparently only signed 11 stars
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The source said: “Bosses for I’m A Celebrity spent so much on signing Noel for the show that there’s only 11 contestants planned this year.

“They have really pushed the boat out and splashed the cash more than ever before – meaning a change to the format had to be made."

The source added: “Harry Redknapp and Noel cost over £1million between the two of them and they’ve spent good money on the likes of Nick Knowles and Rita Simons too.”

Meanwhile, the veteran presenter has reportedly promised to give up his five decade long career if he is crowned King of the Jungle in the ITV show.

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