Comedian Freddie Starr is rumoured to be joining the ITV 1 reality show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
The jungle show is due back on screen early November with a new batch of ‘celebrities’ living in the Australian outback for three weeks. The funnyman was a major star on television from the 70s – 90s and had two ‘An Audience With’ programmes on the ITV network in 1996 and 1997. Starr has also appeared on Channel 4’s Celebrity Wife Swap, in which he lived with model Samantha Fox’s partner.
“Freddie hasn’t been in the spotlight for a little while, but ITV are convinced he’s going to be absolutely brilliant. He has met so many different people and had so many amazing experiences. He’ll have some great tales to tell.” – A source speaking to Sunday Mirror newspaper
Freddie had to cancel his 2010 tour last year after having major heart surgery after falling ill with severe chest pains. The newspaper claims that he has been offered up to £250,000 to appear on the show, more than any other contestant in the shows history.
On Monday, presenter Laura Whitmore was named as the new host of ITV2’s Get Me Out Of Here Now! spin-off show, alongside Joe Swash and Russell Kane. Caroline Flack quit the show this year to present the Xtra Factor. Laura said of the announcement:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ family. I can’t wait to get stuck into jungle life, though I will try my best to avoid all those creepy crawlies. I’m really looking forward to getting into all sorts of mischief and mayhem with Joe and Russell. The excitement level is officially off the scale!”