Didn’t think it was fair’ Richard Madeley says he declined wife Judy’s I’m A Celeb offer

I'm A Celeb: Richard Madeley discusses his health scare

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Since Richard Madeley’s time in the I’m A Celebrity castle came to an end, he has opened up about his experiences and his disappointment that his journey was cut short.

Now, he has revealed he rejected his wife Judy’s offer before heading to Gwrych Castle because he “didn’t think it was fair”.

In a candid article, Richard, 65, says he was “completely gutted” that he had to leave the show after suffering a funny turn in the middle of the night.

Richard was taken to hospital but maintains he was absolutely fine and blames the issue on dehydration.

However, because he had left the camp, Richard had broken the show’s Covid bubble and was not allowed to return.

Despite his disappointment, Richard understood why he could not return because of the gruelling isolation process each campmate had to go through before I’m A Celeb began filming.

He explained that each campmate was sent to quarantine for two weeks in cottages across North Wales.

The Good Morning Britain presenter admitted that Judy, his wife of 35 years, kindly offered to quarantine with him, but he had to object.

Writing in the Telegraph, Richard said: “Before the show, we had all quarantined for two weeks in cottages on Anglesey or in Snowdonia.

“Judy offered to join me, but I didn’t think it was fair, so I did it alone.”

He added that the production site is about “the size of Hampstead” and consists of around 1,000 crew members.

Because of this, Richard says he understands why he was unable to return to the castle because “there had to be zero-tolerance on Covid risks”.

He added: “I’m A Celebrity didn’t want to suffer the same plight as Strictly, on which contestants have repeatedly come down with the virus.”

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This comes after Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse had to miss last weekend’s shows after coming into contact with someone who tested positive with Covid.

Fellow judge Craig Revel-Horwood, as well as contestants Judi Love and Tom Fletcher, also had to miss performances because of positive test results.

After his departure, Richard has divulged what life is really like in the I’m A Celeb castle.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain yesterday, Richard said: “We all thought they’d show us the instruments of torture, the rubbish beds and the rest of it. But then they would say, ‘Anyway, here’s your food and actually you’re not sleeping there’.

“It was a game of pretend we thought and that there was a behind the scenes.

“But no. It was freezing… the sleeping bags were rubbish, we had to stuff our sleeping bags with our spare clothes!”

On whether he would return to I’m A Celeb he said “never say never” and that he would “certainly consider it”.

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