I’m A Celeb stars ‘threatened with evacuation’ before show even starts

We all know the jungle is a very hostile environment

The new batch of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! stars haven’t even moved into camp yet but already there are reports they may have to evacuate.

We’ve recently had warnings of extreme weather heading towards the Australian jungle but according to The Sun the torrential downpours might be so bad, the celebrities need moved to higher ground.

An show insider claimed: “Provisions are in place for soggy conditions and campmates are equipped with waterproofs to wear should it rain heavily.”

Will Ant & Dec be smiling if extreme weather hits? (Credit: ITV)

The source said if an evacuation is necessary, the stars will be moved to a “temporary site on higher ground” until things calm down.

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“We are preparing for all eventualities,” added the insider.

I’m A Celeb provides campers with rain coats (Credit: ITV)

Now, you may think this is all a bit over-dramatic and a bit of rain never hurt anybody – but This Morning host Phillip Schofield begs to differ.

Rylan brought up the camp evacuation claims during his showbiz slot on Wednesday’s This Morning, prompting Phil to share his experience of visiting the Oz camp in the past.

Phillip said he wasn’t there for work reasons – it was purely as he’s a “telly geek”.

He explained how he was on set while Ant & Dec were filming links for the Coming Out episode, following the celebrities as they leave the jungle.

Phil said on This Morning that weather warnings weren’t to be ignored (Credit: ITV)

While there, Phillip was given a tour of Croc Creek – until a weather warning came in which left everyone scrambling to finish work and get out of the jungle ASAP.

He told viewers how Ant & Dec had to rattle through their links incredibly quickly as the weather warning wasn’t to be ignored.

“They said, ‘We have to get out now or you won’t get out at all’,” recalled Phillip.

“That little creek in the camp turns into a torrential river and we only just got out.

“It’s nasty.”

Medic Bob keeps everyone safe (Credit: ITV)

Of course, weather isn’t the only issue the celebrities face in camp: naturally, going into the jungle means coming face-to-face with a slew of spiders, snakes and other less than lovely treats.

And apparently this year could be worse than ever, with unconfirmed reports there could be more snakes and spiders than ever.

An insider recently told The Mirror: “The unseasonably cold weather has brought the snakes out as they try and find somewhere warm.

“This will be an ongoing problem this year, which is not good news for the celebrities.

“Medic Bob and the team will have to be on the lookout for anything dangerous as a snakebite can easily prove fatal if not treated quickly.”

Medic Bob is always on hand to remove snakes from camp (Credit: ITV)

Meanwhile, Dr Robert Raven told the Daily Star that poisonous spiders were another problem for campers.

“In the past we’ve had early rain and nothing. Just really dry summers. But this summer, the rain is allowing the whole system to  crank up again. People should check everywhere,” he said.

“If you pick up your towel, the next thing you know you could have a huntsman on your face. A lot of spiders are pretty harmless, but redbacks are of particular concern.”

I’m A Celeb returns on Sunday night (Credit: ITV)

There are ten brave celebrities getting ready to enter the jungle this weekend.

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The new line-up includes Coronation Street’s Jennie McAlpine, boxer Amir Khan, The Saturdays singer Vanessa White, ex Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas and former footballer Dennis Wise.

Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley, YouTuber Jack Maynard, Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo, comedian Shappi Khorsandi and WAG Rebekah Vardy will also take part.

I’m A Celebrity starts Sunday at 9pm on ITV.