I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! may be around six months away, but fans are still wondering how the show will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Stars including Maya Jama and Beverly Callard are rumoured to be joining the lineup for this year and the show is expected to be going ahead.
However, some things on the popular ITV2 series may face changes as according to reports, the celebrity contestants and crew for the 2020 series will be asked to fly to Australia two weeks before filming kicks off to put themselves in isolation.
A celebrity agent has hinted at the change as Australia has strict rules in place to avoid the spread of covid-19, one of which stipulates that anyone arriving in the country must quarantine in a designated hotel for a fortnight.
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The insider told The Sun Online: “ITV will continue to say publicly that they are monitoring the situation, but I’ve been told by one of the team that they are cautiously optimistic that it will go ahead.
“They hope that they’ll be able to go ahead by flying in the cast and crew and quarantining them for 14 days and people signed up for the show have been told to expect a longer stay in Oz – and also a larger cheque.
“They can’t get any assurances from the Australia authorities that this will be a goer as, quite rightly, they’ve got more important issues on their plate, but the feeling is that it will happen.”
ITV declined to comment when contacted by OK! online.
The source added: “There has been some talk of planning a watered-down version in another part of the world but the worry is that there wouldn’t be time team to build all the sets and the product would suffer.”
It comes after reports the show is set to return later this year as another source told the publication: “ITV are certain lockdown will be well over by the time I’m A Celeb normally starts which is in November.
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“Every year it’s a ratings smash and this year will more than likely be even bigger as the public will be desperate for some fresh and uplifting TV.
“ITV have started hiring crew as well as advertising for them Down Under.
“And bookers are still on the case with celebrities, holding meetings on the likes of Zoom.”
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