Richard Madeley signs up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here for estimated £200k contract

RICHARD Madeley has signed up for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

The popular host, 65, is said to have agreed a contract worth an estimated £200,000.

Richard, who is married to fellow TV host Judy Finnigan, 73, is known to be a “huge fan” of the ITV show.

Producers have long targeted the Good Morning Britain star, a source said, and now he has agreed to don the famous red trousers.

He will join fellow stars as the show spends a second year at Gwrych Castle near Abergele, North Wales — with Covid complications ruling out the Oz jungle.

The source said: “Richard’s been asked year after year but the timing has never been right. But now, finally, he’s said ‘Yes’.

“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.

“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 dad of two is no stranger to I’m A Celeb. He flew to Oz in 2019 to support contestant and former rugby star James Haskell, 36, who is married to Richard’s daughter, Chloe, 34.

That year, he also appeared on I’m A Celeb’s ITV2 spin-off Extra Camp.

He proved braver than boxer Amir Khan, 34, in a “Critter-cal Rescue” trial in a giant termites nest. He collected every key while Amir screamed when he grabbed a live snake.

Richard also encouraged former winner Joe Swash, 39, who said he was “really struggling” in a dark chamber during the challenge.

Brave Richard told him: “You’ll be all right, you’re the King of the Jungle.”

Richard is the first contestant identified for this year’s show, hosted by Ant and Dec.

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, 53, is also rumoured to be taking part.

ITV bosses have so far declined to comment.


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