Ant and Dec have said they are "gutted" about Richard Madeley's departure from I'm A Celebrity Get Me Outta Here!!
Madeley's exit from the show was confirmed after he had been taken ill and was rushed to the local Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl. He had been feeling unwell after a tough trial and had been complaining about the cold temperatures.
Following this, Ant and Dec said they were "gutted" following news of the TV presenter's departure from the show. Madeley's move to hospital led to him breaking the "Covid bubble" meaning that he was unable to rejoin the group.
"Well you probably heard the sad news already, Richard Madeley has left the castle. Richard was taken ill in the early hours of the morning and was taken to hospital. Due to Covid reasons he was unable to re-join the group", Ant said.
He added, “He’s gutted, we’re gutted, but we’ll have an interview with him on tomorrow night’s show".
Richard's departure is a big blow to the show, after they spent £230,000 on him, making him one of the show's biggest signings.
Following his exit, Richard Madeley did release this statement.
“Hello all! Richard here – firstly just to say that I'm absolutely FINE. I started to feel briefly unwell in the small hours of the morning and was taken to hospital as a precaution".
He added, “By leaving the camp, I had consequently broken the Covid 'bubble' and as such I've had to leave the castle and all the wonderful celebs that remain in the camp".
“Obviously I'm gutted to be leaving so soon but the safety of all the campmates is the number one priority. I'm incredibly excited to watch their journey continue…even more so at the prospect of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle…".
“Thank you to everyone who supported me on my brief but completely unforgettable adventure – I've made some great friends and honestly had the time of my life”.