I’M A Celebrity fans fear Richard Madeley’s “disgusting squirrel dinner” and “too tough” trial are to blame for his hospital dash.
Earlier today, HOAR revealed that the 65-year-old star was rushed to hospital overnight after suffering a medical emergency.
And concerned viewers were quick to place blame after the TV favourite endured a gruelling couple of days in the castle.
In last night’s episode, Richard was seen struggling with a Bushtucker Trial, securing just four meals for camp as he crawled through a critter-filled chute and was covered in rotting fruit and veg that he complained was cold.
The campmates were then given squirrel for dinner.
Taking to Twitter today, I’m A Celeb’s official account told fans: “News from Camp: Richard was unwell in the early hours and was immediately seen by our on-site medical team.
“He’s since been taken to hospital as a precaution, the health and safety of our campmates is our priority.”
But followers were unimpressed, with one curtly replying: “Why did you cover him in freezing rotten fruit and veg ? That might be the reason you never know. Poor Richard I hope he’s alright and doesn’t withdraw.”
Another echoed: “Not surprised after that horrible challenge, shouldn’t be messing around in wet and cold conditions at his age.”
A third agreed: “Perhaps face down in offal and rotten food then a meal of squirrel might not be a healthy choice….”
One more wrote: “Get well soon Richard, probably that squirrel.”
Richard left stars and production staff terrified with the emergency – which saw medics rush to Gwrych Castle, where the ITV show is filmed.
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A source told us: ““It was horrifying – campers were really upset and concerned, all of the crew and medics rushed to set to help him. It was a real scare for everyone involved.”
He was rushed to a nearby hospital by ambulance but is now “on the mend”.
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 05.43am this morning, Thursday 25 November 2021, to reports of a medical emergency at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Conwy.
“We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car and an emergency ambulance to the scene, and one patient was taken to hospital.”