I'm A Celebrity planning Australia return

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 March 2021
Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec

ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall has admitted 'I'm A Celebrity' could return to Australia this year if they are allowed to do so

ITV is hoping 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' will return to Australia this year.

The reality show – which is hosted by Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly – had to be moved from its usual jungle setting to Gwrych Castle in North Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic last year, but bosses are keen to head back Down Under.

Speaking as the network published its group annual result, ITV's chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said: "If we can go back to Australia – and this show is meant to be in Australia – then that’s what we’ll do.

"We have a very good plan if not, as we have already done it once [in the castle]."

Her comments come after Ant recently admitted he would be "very happy" for the show to head back to Wales if they needed to.

He said: "If during coronavirus we have to stay put and do it in Wales again, I’d be very happy. We were very welcomed in Wales. There were cardboard cut-outs of me and Dec in the butcher’s, and the local school did a tribute.

"We’d happily go back there. We’d miss the sunshine, mind."

And co-star Dec revealed he'd like to see some "grumpy" celebrities on the show next year.

He explained: "Don’t get me wrong, I loved it last year, and it was lovely, and I think it was the show we all needed. However, I’d like a couple of grumpy celebs."

Meanwhile, ITV recently confirmed a bumper scheduled for 2021, and promised 'Love Island' would definitely be back this year after the global health crisis also impacted plans for the dating show.

Kevin Lygo – Managing Director of Media and Entertainment at ITV – said: "There’s so much to look forward to on ITV this spring and into summer, with the Euros and the return of Love Island, but much more besides."

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