I’m A Celebrity: Harry Redknapp’s ‘plug’ builds anger over Rita Simons panto ‘fix’

I’m A Celebrity viewers are convinced Rita Simons planned her early exit from the show after Harry Redknapp’s controversial ‘plug’.

The former EastEnders actress, who was fourth to be booted out, is due to star in Bournemouth’s pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty, which starts on Saturday.

Although she’s likely to remain in Australia until the final on Sunday, before starting on Thursday, many viewers commented on the ‘coincidence’ of her being voted out early.

Dec made a cheeky reference to her pantomime appearance at the start of tonight’s show.

Then Harry, who lives in Bournemouth, claimed he was going to pop in to see her in the pantomime.

I'm A Celebrity: Harry Redknapp's 'plug' builds anger over Rita Simons panto 'fix'

Harry Redknapp spoke about Rita’s panto
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Harry said: “I love Rita but I’ll be seeing plenty of her when I get out because she’s down in Bournemouth doing her pantomime so I shall pop up in the morning and take her a cup of coffee and a couple of jam donuts.”

Viewers took to Twitter with their conspiracy theories after hearing Harry’s comments.

One viewer said: "Well good job Rita left when she did as she’s got panto next week!"

Another added: "So rita is due to star in a panto this weekend #fixed"

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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.

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.

Before her exit, Rita told Emily that when she leaves she will never take her creature comforts for granted ever again.

I'm A Celebrity: Harry Redknapp's 'plug' builds anger over Rita Simons panto 'fix'

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She said: “When my time is up I will sum up this experience as the most bizarre, crazy dream that I can’t possibly believe has happened,” she commented in the Bush Telegraph.

Holly and Dec then arrived in camp to announce that Rita would be the fourth celebrity to leave the jungle.

Anne said she couldn’t believe that more people voted for her than voted for Rita, “Who are these people?! It is nice they are keeping me in.”

I’m A Celebrity airs tonight on ITV at 9pm

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