Richard Madeley forced to quit I'm A Celebrity after breaking Covid 'bubble'

25 November 2021, 11:06 | Updated: 25 November 2021, 15:28

Richard was taken to hospital 'as a precaution'
Richard was taken to hospital 'as a precaution'. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

Presenter Richard Madeley has been forced to quit I'm A Celebrity after a hospital stay meant he 'broke the camp's Covid bubble'.

Explaining his situation on Instagram, Mr Madeley said he was "absolutely fine" but "had to leave the castle" after being taken to hospital.

"Firstly just to say that I’m absolutely FINE," he wrote on his Instagram.

"I started to feel briefly unwell in the small hours of the morning and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

"By leaving the camp, I had consequently broken the Covid 'bubble' and as such I’ve had to leave the castle and all the wonderful celebs that remain in the camp.

"Obviously I’m gutted to be leaving so soon but the safety of all the campmates is the number one priority.

"I’m incredibly excited to watch their journey continue… even more so at the prospect of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle.

"Thank you to everyone who supported me on my brief but completely unforgettable adventure – I’ve made some great friends and honestly had the time of my life."

A spokesman for the ITV show previously said Mr Madeley was taken to hospital as a 'precaution' after being seen by the on-site medical team.

An ITV spokesperson said: "Richard was unwell in the early hours and was immediately seen by our on-site medical team.

"He’s since been taken to hospital as a precaution, the health and safety of our campmates is our priority."

His medical episode happened a day after he took part in a ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ trial which saw him drenched in rotting fruit, offal and fish guts.

A source told The Sun: "It was horrifying - campers were really upset and concerned, all of the crew and medics rushed to set to help him. 

"It was a real scare for everyone involved."

The programme is taking place in North Wales again this year because of Covid travel restrictions imposed in Australia.