I’m A Celeb winners Joey Essex, Vicky Pattison, Joe Swash and Charlie Brooks ‘sent home’ after plans for stars to appear on show

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! winners Joey Essex, Vicky Pattison, Joe Swash and Charlie Brooks have reportedly been asked to go home, amid rumours they would appear on the show.

Former Jungle Kings and Queens Joey Essex, 30, Vicky Pattison, 33, Joe Swash, 28, and Charlie Brooks, 39, are said to have been sent packing, despite isolating for two weeks ahead of their appearance.

An insider told The Sun Online: “It was never clear exactly what role the four stars would play on the series, but it’s obvious they’d been chosen as they were among the most popular former contestants.

“They were being prepared through isolation to ensure there was no risk of them bringing coronavirus on to the set and infecting the other celebrities or the crew and causing chaos.

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“It’s the same procedure which the 12 campmates have already been through.

“But it’s not clear why Joe, Vicky, Charlie and Joey haven’t made it to the final stage and walked through the castle gates to join the other celebrities.”

I'm A Celebrity declined to comment when contacted by OK! Online.

It’s understood the stars spent weeks preparing themselves in accommodation around the North West in order to comply with covid-19 restrictions.

Despite reports they were signed up to take part in the show, which recently saw its first celebrity leave the castle, they will no longer appear.

Former EastEnders star Charlie and The Only Way Is Essex icon Joey were reportedly seen leaving their temporary accommodation with their things in tow.

It was also claimed producers had considered putting them in the castle for one night, or getting them to present a trial to mark the 20th anniversary of the show.

The four are said to have been advised for “all eventualities” and pack appropriate clothing and necessary items for a stay in Gwrych Castle.

A castle source said at the time: “ITV producers love having a trick or two up their sleeve.

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“What better way to celebrate 20 series of the show than getting some of the stars of yesteryear to take part in some way?

“As always with the jungle, they’re keeping their cards close to their chest and have yet to decide exactly what they will do with Charlie, Vicky and Joey, but it could be any number of things.

“They told them they had to spend some time isolating, just like this year’s contestants have done, ahead of being taken up to Wales.

“There’s even a chance they’ll isolate, travel to Wales, and not even get used.

“But it’s three great options for producers to have in the locker.”

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