‘It’s a waiting game’: I’m A Celebrity ‘won’t know until SEPTEMBER if it can return to Australia for the 2021 series because of Covid restrictions’
I’m A Celebrity will reportedly not know if it’s able to a return to its usual home in Australia for the upcoming 2021 series until September.
The hit ITV show, hosted by Ant and Dec, is usually filmed Down Under however it relocated to Gwyrch Castle in north Wales in 2020 amid the pandemic.
According to The Mirror, everyone is thought to be ‘very keen’ to return to the jungle and it is now just a ‘waiting game’ to know if it’ll be possible.
‘It’s a waiting game’: I’m A Celebrity will reportedly not know if it’s able to a return to Australia for the upcoming 2021 series until September (Ant and Dec pictured at Gwyrch Castle in 2020)
One insider said: ‘Everyone is keen to get back Down Under this year but, of course, it depends on what the Australian authorities will allow.
‘We won’t know for sure if we can get back to the Gold Coast until the start of autumn, when things will be much clearer. Until then, it’s a waiting game.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for I’m A Celebrity for further comment.
Last month, ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall confirmed that bosses are hoping the show will return to the jungle as that is how the show is ‘meant to be’.
The jungle: The hit ITV show is usually filmed Down Under however it relocated to Gwyrch Castle in north Wales in 2020 amid the pandemic (the Australian camp pictured in 2019)
Speaking as the network published its group annual results, she 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).’
The presenting duo said they’d be ‘very happy’ to remain in the UK for filming when the series returns later this year, joking they ‘wouldn’t miss the jet lag’.
Last year’s I’m A Celebrity was relocated to Gwrych Castle in Wales after plans to record the usual show in Australia became impossible due to COVID.
Speaking to Digital Spy magazine, Ant said: ‘If during coronavirus we have to stay put and do it in Wales again, I’d be very happy.