Richard Madeley ‘signs up for I’m A Celebrity in £200k deal’

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Richard Madeley has reportedly signed an eye-watering £200k deal to join this year's line-up of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The Good Morning Britain guest host has been a favourite to enter the jungle for years, but it looks like it may finally be his time to undertake some terrifying Bushtucker Trials.

"Richard's been asked year after year, but the timing has never been right. But now, finally, he's said 'Yes'," a source tells The Sun.

"He's a favourite with ITV execs. He's brilliant off and on-screen, so it seemed as good a time as any to throw caution to the wind and eat animal bits," it was continued.

The source added that producers are relying on the television star to bring in the viewers this year.

"He's a fantastic coup and a nailed-on fan favourite. Once you wind him up, off he goes — he will make for castle gold," the source added.

ITV has yet to confirm the 2021 line-up and told OK!: "Any names suggested for the new series of I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! are just speculation."

If confirmed, Richard will be the second person in his family to take part in I'm A Celeb, as his son-in-law James Haskell took part in 2019.

This comes just days after Dame Arlene Phillips was reported to be the first contestant lined up for the next series of I'm a Celebrity… Get me out of Here.

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge would be the oldest celebrity to take part in the hit ITV show at 78-years old.

She would take over the title as the oldest contestant from Boris Johnson's father, Stanley Johnson, who took part in 2017 when he was 77 years old.

I'm a Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec have already teased fans with a glimpse of the Welsh castle on social media as they filmed the trailer back in early September.

Once again, the star-studded series will be taking place in North Wales, rather than in the Australian jungle in New South Wales due to Australia's ongoing lockdown in the area.

Yet, the stunning castle might be tougher than ever in this series, according to Vernon Kay, a 2020 finalist of the show.

He said: "I've heard that it's going to be more vicious, it's going to be on a bigger scale, and they're going to be doing lots more activities."

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