I’m A Celeb stars dish dirt on what happened off-camera in first ever series

ITV's I'm a Celebrity Ge Me Out of Here turns 20 this year and the first ever group of campmates have spoken about their time on the show.

The hit reality TV show that sees campmates enter the gruesome Australian jungle has delivered some iconic TV moments since its first episode.

Past Kings and Queens of the jungle have seen the liked of Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo to Gogglebox legend Scarlett Moffatt, with some celebs, including Peter Andre and Katie Price, even finding love among all the creepy crawlies.

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The very first contestants were spoon-bender Uri Geller, radio DJ Tony Blackburn, glamour model Nell McAndrew, media personality Christine Hamilton, comedian Rhona Cameron, boxer Nigel Benn, performer Darren Day and socialite Tara Palmer-Tompkinson.

The stars didn't know what to expect and had to endure the gruesome Bush tucker trials and leave all their home comforts behind as they prepared to spend 15 days in the Australian jungle.

Christine Hamilton had a particularly rough time as she found out that she couldn't have alcohol while she was in the jungle.

Although it looks like they gave her what she wanted in the end.

She told The Metro: "I wanted alcohol, as I think Rhona did as well, while Nell wanted chocolate; we go what we asked for, but they didn’t put this out on the telly, of course."

However not all the stars had the best time in the jungle and Darren Day explained that he wasn't even sure that the show was real.

He said that the stars began to wonder if the show was a "rouse" set up by the media to set up "celebrities to see how desperate they were."

He also explained that it was a bleak time in his life due to his drug addition.

Darren sad: "I now look back on I’m A Celeb with huge regret, if I’m honest, because I had major addiction issues and was in no state to be on national television and filmed 24 hours a day."

Uri Geller explained how his veganism caused him to suffer on the show.

He said: "I am a vegan and against killing animals but I was given a Bush tucker trial in which I had to eat a witchy grub. As the show was also raising money for good causes, I swallowed the bug whole in the name of charity, but it made an unwelcome reappearance back at camp."

He explained how when he returned to camp the grub started crawling up his oesophagus and back into his moth and he was "forced" to spit it out.


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