Richard Madeley 'set to take part in I'm A Celebrity'

Richard Madeley ‘set to take part in new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after signing estimated £200,000 contract’

Richard Madeley has reportedly signed up for this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The TV presenter, 65, is said to have signed a contract worth an estimated £200,000 to take part in the upcoming series which will once again take place at Gwrych Castle in Wales. 

According to The Sun, Richard has long been a fan of the show and has been targeted by producers for quite some time.

New gig: Richard Madeley has reportedly signed up for this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

A source said: ‘Richard’s been asked year after year but the timing has never been right. But now, finally, he’s said ‘Yes’.

‘He’s a favourite with ITV execs. He’s brilliant off and on screen so it seemed as good a time as any to throw caution to the wind and eat animal bits.

‘He’s a fantastic coup and a nailed-on fan favourite. Once you wind him up, off he goes — he will make for castle gold.’ 

Richard’s son-in-law James Haskell, who is married to his daughter Chloe, took part in the 2019 series of the show, with Richard flying out to Australia to support him.

Deal: The TV presenter, 65, is said to have signed a contract worth an estimated £200,000 to take part in the upcoming series (pictured on Extra Camp)

He also appeared on the programme’s spin-off show Extra Camp that year.  

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Richard Madeley and ITV for comment.

It comes after reports that Dame Arlene Phillips has also signed up to take part in this year’s series. 

News of Arlene’s signing was reported by The Mirror, with sources telling the paper the former dancer will have no trouble handling the chilly interior of Gwrych Castle – as she is ‘strong and tough’.

Big name: According to The Sun, Richard has long been a fan of the show and has been targeted by producers for quite some time (pictured with his wife Judy Finnigan in 2020)

A source said: ‘He’s a favourite with ITV execs. He’s brilliant off and on screen so it seemed as good a time as any to throw caution to the wind and eat animal bits’ (pictured with daughter Chloe in 2018)

They told the paper in full: ‘Arlene is strong and tough and her energy is boundless.

 ‘No doubt she’ll have the group dancing around the campfire in a bid to beat the cold and keep morale high. Should be fun.’

Arlene’s representatives declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.

Meanwhile, Louise Minchin has reportedly been approached by ITV bosses about joining the show’s line up.

Exciting: It comes after reports that Dame Arlene Phillips has also signed up to take part in this year’s series (pictured this year)

A source told The Sun: ‘There’s a long tradition of reality TV shows targeting news presenters and I’m A Celebrity is no different.

‘Victoria Derbyshire was on the show before and proved very popular with viewers. ITV are hoping they can do the same with Louise and have approached her about coming on board.’

The upcoming series will be filmed once again at North Wales’ Gwrych Castle after ITV bosses ruled out a return to Australia due to travel restrictions on the country’s east coast, currently in the midst of another lockdown.

New project? BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin has reportedly been approached by I’m A Celebrity bosses about joining the show’s line up (pictured in 2014) 

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