In a bid to prevent coronavirus cases from the show, I’m A Celebrity bosses are forcing stars to wash often and apply hand sanitiser frequently.
The bosses, who were accused of ‘fixing’ the show after fans complained they were unable to vote Jordan North for a trial, are taking extra measures to make sure the sets are kept COVID free.
Producers are reportedly keen to avoid a case like Nicola Adams’ elimination from Strictly Come Dancing after professional dance partner Katya Jones tested positive for the virus.
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A source told The Sun: “Regular washing is the way to keep the bug at bay, as the government has reiterated from the word go.
“ITV have worked so hard to get to this point, so the last thing they want is something to derail that.
The insider went on to explain that if one of the celebrities was to test positive, the entire show may have to be cancelled.
“If one of them was to pick up Covid it could easily tear through camp and put the whole show at risk,” the source continued.
“Producers have reminded contestants to maintain a good level of hygiene, which means regular hand-washing and showers where possible.
“It’s not something they have taken lightly,” the insider concluded.
The first episode of the new-look series in Wales, was hit by controversy after fans complained to Ofcom about Jordan North being sick.
The camp mate, whose pal Nick Grimshaw said he was ‘afraid of lifts’ recently, began vomiting at the idea of abseiling down a cliff face.
After claiming he had a fear of heights, it all became a bit too real for the radio host and he started being sick.
According to Ofcom, 79 people complained about the launch episode, with 37 of them coming from viewers who were turned off from Jordan’s vomiting.
A statement from Ofcom said: “Ofcom has received a total of 79 complaints for last night’s I’m a Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here! of which 37 related to scenes of Jordan vomiting and 18 related to non-specific animal welfare.”
Some viewers also took offence to the treatment of animals, with the camp gauging on rabbit and spending 12 minutes in boxes with creepy crawlies.