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I’m A Celebrity: Richard Madeley recalls ‘babbling nonsense’ at 4am after getting no sleep for 20 hours before quitting series

Richard Madeley has revealed I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! producers grew concerned for his health after he began ‘babbling nonsense’ after getting no sleep for 20 hours.

The TV presenter was forced to leave the Welsh castle last week after being taken to hospital when he fell ill.

ITV explained that he was unable to rejoin his campmates due to Covid health and safety measures as he had broken the bubble by going into hospital.

Recalling what caused him to fall ill, Richard told Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain: ‘I think what happened to me is I think I got dehydrated, that’s all it was. Dehydration, if anyone’s ever suffered from it, is actually quite disturbing. It’s not a pleasant thing.

‘I think I’d been up for about 20 hours and the day before that before that we were having very long days and sleeping before that. We don’t have watches in there but I don’t think I’d got to bed until about 4/4:30 in the morning. I knew I was feeling thirsty… the next thing I knew I was sitting there babbling. I was just talking nonsense incoherently.

‘I woke up and didn’t know where I was or what was going on and could hardly string a sentence together. As it turned out, it was harmless. I got all the tests you could imagine, got tests up here, bloods and all the rest of it and got 100% clean bill of health and they were happy for me to go back in.’

However, he added: ‘But ITV has a proper duty of care and if you’ve got somebody sitting in that castle talking nonsense at 4:30 in the morning… they’ve got to check it out.’

Richard had to leave the camp after falling ill (Picture; ITV)

Richard said of the moment he realised he wouldn’t be allowed back in: ‘It wasn’t until I was getting the meds back that I suddenly thought, “Well, can I go back in actually? I’ve broken the bubble and I spoke to a producer and they were very upset and we were racking our brains but there was just no way”.’

He also denied suggestions that one of the trials caused him to fall ill, stating: ‘I don’t think there was anything dangerous about the trial… I did that trial 36 hours before I [got dehydrated].’

The TV star went on to clarify that he’d actually been in the castle for eight days contrary to popular belief that it was much less.

Some have wondered if Richard, 65, quit early just to get a pay cheque without having to go through all the gruelling trials, but the presenter has insisted otherwise.

He told his GMB colleagues: ‘I didn’t do it for the money or the exposure, I wanted to know what this extraordinary phenomenon was… I’ve always said no I’d rather watch it, it’s become a cultural phenomenon… and as a journalist I wanted to see what I expected it was like.

‘And it’s not. It feels real. We thought it was a game of pretend. No, we were in Clink.’

Richard was later asked if he’ll still receive his fee despite leaving the programme early, to which he replied: ‘I don’t know about the fee, I’ll leave that to the agent to sort out. I’m sure it’ll be fine.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here airs weeknights at 9pm.


Credit: Original article published here.

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