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.”


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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