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I’m A Celebrity 2020: Keith Chegwin was stand-in campmate but never got picked for show

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly revealed that the late Keith Chegwin was an I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! stand-in but he never made the actual show.

Speaking in the I’m A Celeb special, A Jungle Story on Sunday night, the comedy duo were reminiscing about their most memorable moments from the past 18 years.

The show looked back at all the previous winners as well as some of the programme’s funniest highlights.

During the two-hour special, Ant and Dec tested their memories to see whether they could remember the celeb line-up from the first-ever series.

They recalled the likes of Uri Geller, Rhona Cameron, Darren Day and the late Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who finished second that year.

The hosts then went on to talk about Keith, who jetted out to Australia in 2002, as a stand-in campmate.

Ant and Dec reminisced about the past 18 years (Picture: ITV/REX)

‘We had stand-bys in those days, Keith Chegwin, just in case anybody pulled out,’ Ant began.

‘And he never got on,’ Dec continued.

Keith Chegwin died in 2017 (Picture: PA)

Ant added: ‘He never got on, he just hung around the hotel with his camcorder filming the cast, poor Keith Chegwin.’

Keith tragically died in 2017 following a ‘long-term battle with a progressive lung condition’, his family said.

The star died in a hospice around midnight last night surrounded by his wife and two children.

Before his death, Keith appeared on Celebrity Big Brother and Ricky Gervais’ sitcom Life’s Too Short back in 2015, having been ill around the past six months.

He became a household name presenting programmes like Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore throughout the 1970s and 80s.

Keith’s career endured a second wave in the early 90s, presenting Down Your Doorstep on The Big Breakfast, before presenting a revived version of It’s A Knockout on Channel 5.

I’m A Celebrity starts November 15 at 9pm on ITV.


Credit: Original article published here.

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