Richard Madeley said he felt like a "sheep for the slaughter" on his way to ITV's I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! last weekend.
The Good Morning Britain regular was sadly forced to leave the castle camp on Thursday after he left the Covid "bubble" of the show when he went to hospital.
Now, Richard, 65, has opened up about his short time in Gwrych Castle and exactly how it feels to be one of the celebrity camp mates.
He said: "By the time we were gathered like sheep for the slaughter (that's what it feels like when you are at last driven from your safe house to the nearby towering castle), you're bored out of your tiny mind and ready for anything."
The television favourite labelled the Bushtucker Trials as "something between a forfeit and a feat of endurance".
And he said being in the Castle Clink "literally" felt like actual imprisonment, after he, Arlene Phillips, David Ginola, Naughty Boy and Danny Miller ended up there.
Richard wrote for Express.co.uk that he and his co-stars were convinced that their rough sleeping quarters weren't for real, and that there would be beds, hot water and soap available after they finished filming.
He said: "In fact, it was horrible. Cold, damp and claustrophobic. We had sleeping bags to toss on to the palliasses but they were thin, cheap affairs with mostly faulty side-zips that let in the draught."
Richard revealed that David, Danny and Naughty Boy "got very edge" if they couldn't smoke, so were allowed to go for a cigarette one at a time, accompanied by a silent guard.
Despite the tough living conditions, Richard still enjoyed his time, as he and his co-stars shared their best stories from their careers.
And sadly he's now away from his new friends – although he is reunited with his wife Judy Finnigan after he left the castle.
"Could I have won it? Might I have been crowned king of the castle?" he wondered.
"Thanks to Covid, I'll never know. But I've made lifelong friends (others who've appeared on I'm A Celebrity say they form bonds for life) and though I'm incredibly happy to be back with my Judy and our kids and their partners, a part of me wishes I were still sitting with my newest, bestest friends up in that crumbling, cold old castle – beans, rice, cockroaches and all.
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