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
  • 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

Just hours earlier Richard had earned just four stars in his first solo trial, and 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.’  

Disgusting: 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

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.

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.’ 

During Monday night’s I’m A Celebrity Richard and campmate Arlene Phillips, 78, took part in the Don’t Blow It challenge which saw them have to answer questions about their fellow celebs, and rejoiced after winning a cake.

As he tucked into the prize, Richard gushed: ‘My taste buds were joining in a harmonious chorus of joy. Better than any cake I’ve ever eaten in my life.’ 

Prior to entering the castle, Richard spoke of his willingness to do the infamous Bushtucker Trials.

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!’

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