I’m A Celebrity’s Richard Madeley, 65, is rushed to hospital after falling ill – hours after swimming in fish guts and getting covered in rotten fruit in gruelling trial
- The broadcaster was treated by medics after the camp became ‘upset and concerned’ by his unexpected illness
- He’s since been taken to hospital as a ‘precautionary measure’, but is now ‘on the mend,’ according to sources
- A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed an ambulance was sent to Gwrych Castle at 5:45am on Thursday morning
- On Wednesday viewers saw Richard attempt to complete the Kitchen Nightmares trial, which saw him wade through rotten fruit
- After earning just four stars, he and the camp enjoyed squirrel for dinner
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’s Richard Madeley has been hospitalised after falling ill overnight.
The broadcaster, 65, who took part in his first solo trial which saw him covered in fish guts and rotting fruit during Wednesday’s show, was treated by medics before being taken for treatment as a precautionary measure.
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Richard was unwell in the early hours and was immediately seen by our on-site medical team.’
Scary: I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’s Richard Madeley has been hospitalised after falling ill overnight
They added: ‘He’s since been taken to hospital as a precaution, the health and safety of our campmates is our priority.’
A source also told The Sun: ‘It was horrifying – campers were really upset and concerned, all of the crew and medics rushed to set to help him. It was a real scare for everyone involved.’
The insider added that Richard was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure, but is now ‘on the mend.’
Gross! The broadcaster, 65, who took part in his first solo trial which saw him covered in fish guts and rotting fruit during Wednesday’s show
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 05.43am this morning, Thursday 25 November 2021, to reports of a medical emergency at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Conwy.
‘We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car and an emergency ambulance to the scene, and one patient was taken to hospital.’
After news of Richard’s hospitalisation broke, his Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid also took to Twitter to offer her well wishes.
She wrote: ‘Sending love – hope he’s feeling ok now. Doing brilliant job on#IACGMOOH and being supportive to everyone. Get well soon Richard.’
Worry: Richard was treated by medics before being taken for treatment as a precautionary measure, with sources saying he is ‘on the mend’
Just hours earlier Richard had earned just four stars in his first solo trial, and confessed the ordeal had left him ‘chilled to the bone.’
He was forced to use his mouth to try and untie some of the knots to retrieve stars that were hanging from a rope.
As fish guts and offal fell on him, the presenter struggled to unknot the string that had the stars on and exasperated said: ‘Holy Moly’, before the klaxon sounded again, marking the end of the task.
Speaking about the knot he said: ‘Who tied these knots? It’s wet and it’s tight. This one isn’t at tight’, prompting laughs from Ant and Dec.
‘Such a disappointment,’ Richard said: ‘We’ll have something to eat tonight. I was really hoping to do better than that.’
Sweet: Richard’s Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid also took to Twitter to offer her well wishes
Kind: As the news broke during Thursday’s This Morning, hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby said they hoped Richard ‘would be back in the castle soon’
Still there: In first look images from Thursday’s show, which was partially filmed on Wednesday night, Richard can be seen alongside his campmates before being hospitalised
A disheartened Richard returned to camp and told them how difficult he found the trial, and the campmates graciously accepted that he had only managed to get four stars, leading to measly dinner of squirrel.
At the end of the show, which was broadcast live, Richard was seen alongside the rest of the camp being told by Ant and Dec that all 10 of them would be heading to the trial area for the latest challenge.
It was then revealed that soap stars Simon Gregson, 47, and Adam Woodyatt are the two new campmates will be taking part in the Castle Scare Fair Trial on Thursday night.
Challenging: The disheartened star only managed to earn four meals in his first solo trial, and later confessed it left him ‘chilled to the bone’
Ahead of his arrival in the castle, where celebrities typically live on basic meals of rice and beans, Richard admitted he’d done no preparation.
He told MailOnline: ‘Some people say cut down on food, but others say because you’re going to lose weight, so put it on [before you go in]. I’ve done neither.
‘I’m not a big eater I’m a grazer, I don’t clear my plate. I’m most worried about how I’m gonna cope with boredom. That’s why I want people to vote for me to do the trials.’
Discussing which trials he’s most fearful of, Richard confessed: ‘I don’t have any particular phobias, but the only thing I’m dreading – I’m not that comfortable with heights.’
Prior to entering the castle, Richard spoke of his willingness to do the infamous Tials.
He added: ‘I really hope I do get voted for the trials. The thing about this programme is you mustn’t go in to it if you take yourself remotely seriously. I don’t and I am thoroughly looking forward to being covered in god knows what!’
Richard and wife Judy share two children, daughter Chloe, 34, and son Jack, 35, and are grandparents to Jack’s son Kit.
Candid: Richard is best known for his lengthy stint hosting This Morning alongside his wife Judy Finnigan, and in recent months has done regular stints on Good Morning Britain
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