Land owner Craig Parker refuses to sign contract for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
Australian land owner Craig Parker is refusing to sign a new contract to allow 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' to film on his land
Australian land owner Craig Parker is refusing to sign a new contract for 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'
Bosses of the ITV reality show have been using the land owned by Craig in Australia's Dungay Creek, Queensland, to film their show since 2003, but now it seems the land owner has had enough as he won't sign a new contract when his current one runs out in February.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The relationship between Craig and the bosses has badly broken down. He's always found hosting the show on his land frustrating, but in the past has considered it worth the money they throw at him.
"But this year's different. There have been lots of small squabbles in which he feels his opinions have been totally ignored.
"He is sick and tired of having the cast and crew there. He can pretty much name his price. But so far he is adamant he will not be changing his mind."
Show bosses are now trying to find somewhere else to ship their celebrity contestants, but it's proving more difficult than expected to get somewhere within their price range.
The source added: "A senior member of staff recently checked out a possible camp in Sydney, but it was far too expensive.
"A cheaper country like South Africa wouldn't work because of the time difference. Craig has them over a barrel."
ITV have yet to comment on the possible relocation of the show, instead insisting they have a "good relationship" with Craig.
They said in a statement: "We have a good relationship with the owner of the site and we're currently on our 15th series in that location."
'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' starts in early November on ITV.