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Louise Minchin ‘approached for I’m A Celebrity’ as she leaves BBC Breakfast

Could Louise become queen of the castle? (Picture: BBC / ITV)

Louise Minchin has reportedly been asked to take part in the new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The 53-year-old presenter is set to leave her long-running hosting role on BBC Breakfast this week and she may not have to wait long to land a new job as producers on the ITV show – which is set to return to Wales for the second year in a row due to coronavirus restrictions – are keen to sign her up because they think she’d be a hit with viewers.

A source told The Sun’s TV Biz column: ‘There’s a long tradition of reality TV shows targeting news presenters and I’m A Celebrity is no different.

Victoria Derbyshire was on the show before and proved very popular with viewers. ITV are hoping they can do the same with Louise and have approached her about coming on board.

‘They are still very much casting stars to head to Gwrych Castle and they’ve got a decent offer to put to Louise.’

One selling point for producers is the chance to pit Louise against her BBC Breakfast colleague Dan Walker, who is taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year.

The insider added: ‘If she takes them up on the offer she could be going head-to-head on rival channels with her old BBC co-star Dan Walker, who is on Strictly Come Dancing this year.

‘That friendly rivalry is one of many reasons why ITV are keen to bag her for the line-up. But the timing of her departure couldn’t be better.

‘She’ll be able to take a few weeks break before going into IAC in November – and she’ll need a few weeks to prepare for the challenge too.’

Hosts Ant and Dec will be back to host the show, but the line-up for the
programme has yet to be confirmed.

Louise recently confirmed she was stepping down from BBC Breakfast after almost two decades.

‘I said I was going to leave, didn’t I? After the summer. It’s not today, I’m not going today,’ she said. ‘I’m going to be leaving this programme on September 15, so I think it’s two weeks today.

‘It would’ve been 20 years in December this year, so 20 years since I very first started Breakfast.

‘It’s a big change, and honestly, still when that alarm goes off every morning, I’m like “Ohh!” So that’s the thing I’m most looking forward to.’

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! returns to ITV later this year.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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