I’m A Celebrity fans convinced Rita Simons ‘planned early exit’ for panto role

A host of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! viewers are convinced Rita Simons planned her early exit from the show.

The former EastEnders actress is due to star in Bournemouth’s pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty, which starts on Saturday.

Rita became the fourth campmate to be voted out of the jungle on Tuesday’s show, although she’s likely to remain in Australia until the final on Sunday.

Although the panto production starts on Saturday, the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre’s website clearly states that Jennifer Ellison will be standing in for Rita as the wicked fairy Carabosse on opening night until 12 December.

I'm A Celebrity fans convinced Rita Simons 'planned early exit' for panto role

Rita Simons looks thrilled to be leaving the jungle on Tuesday’s episode
(Image: ITV)

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With the final taking place on what will be Monday local time in Australia, Rita will have two days to fly back to the UK and recover from her jetlag in time to tread the boards next Thursday.

Following her exit, many viewers took to Twitter commenting on the ‘coincidence’ that the actress was voted out early.

One fan wrote: "Rita’s in panto this year that opens on Saturday… coincidence she gets voted off tonight."

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Another tweeted: "Hmm, interesting. Rita out of I’m A Celeb and starring in a pre booked panto on Saturday."

Bournemouth locals had been questioning Rita’s panto and I’m A Celebrity schedule since the ITV series kicked off last month.

When Rita was unveiled as a I’m A Celeb castmate last month, many confused Bournemouth residents took to Twitter.

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One wrote: "Hang on, Rita Simons is in the Bournemouth panto this year."

Another tweeted: "I’m sure Rita Simons and John Barrowman are meant to be in panto too. But eating kangaroo c**k is where the money is I guess."

Rita isn’t the only IAC contestant starring in panto this year. The Chase star Anne Hegerty will be starring in Dick Whittington at the Theatre Royal Windosr from 18 December.

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