THE Welsh Ambulance Service had to be called to the site of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after TV star Richard Madeley suffered a 'medical emergency'.

The TV presenter, 65, was seen by an on-site medical team before being admitted to hospital as a precaution, ITV said.

Wednesday’s episode of the  I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! saw Madeley slide head first into a sewer of rotten fruit and vegetables during a trial called Castle Kitchen Nightmares.

The stretched Welsh Ambulance Service, which has had to call in military assistance as it struggles to reach patients sufferng life-threatening emergencies within target times, confirmed it had dispatched paramedics to the TV set.

Wednesday evening's challenge saw Madley, a contestant on the show known for its testing challenges, hunt for 10 hidden stars in a room “full of castle critters” as rotten food was dumped on him from above.

An ITV spokesman 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.”

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It has been announced this afternoon that Madeley has now left the programme as by leaving the castle he's breached the programme's 'Covid bubble'.

The star said in a statement: "Firstly, just to say that I’m absolutely FINE. 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."

Madeley, best-known for hosting This Morning alongside his wife Judy Finnigan, is one of 12 contestants taking part in this year’s series at Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

A spokeswoman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 05.43am this morning, Thursday 25 November 2021, to reports of a medical emergency at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Conwy.

“We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car and an emergency ambulance to the scene, and one patient was taken to hospital.”

The flagship series is returning to Wales for a second year because of ongoing coronavirus travel restrictions, preventing filming at its usual Australian jungle location.

Additional reporting: Alex Green, PA Senior Entertainment Reporter

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