RICHARD Madeley has revealed his dramatic weight loss and sparse diet after just four days on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
The 65-year-old star was forced out of the ITV reality show after he fell ill and his hospital dash broke the show’s Covid bubble.
He went on Good Morning Britain earlier today to spill the beans about his experience – and his co-stars were shocked by his “gaunt” appearance.
Insisting that the show was much more gruelling than people realised, Richard explained: “You’ve got the physicality of it – you are hungry, because we were in the clink all we were getting is rice and beans.
“People think that can’t be too bad but it’s tasteless – they don’t put salt or any kind of seasoning and you don’t get much. I was on about 750 calories a day, I’ve lost at least three pounds.
“If I’d been there two weeks or more…”
Ben Shephard interjected: “You don’t have three pounds to lose!”, which Richard repeated in agreement adding: “I’m gaunt.”
But the TV favourite made up for lost time once he got home, revealing he ate “10 spam sandwiches” in just two hours.
To the shock of the hosts, he explained: “Between 9am on Saturday morning and about 11.30am I ate two large tins of spam.
“I’d had rice and beans most of the time – spam is quite highly flavoured and I suddenly developed an absolute passion for it.
“And I was starving, absolutely starving. I had about 10 spam sandwiches.”
It came after Richard said he’d never return to “freezing” Grwych Castle – but hinted he could return to I’m A Celeb next year if it goes back to Australia.
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The star was forced out of the show after just four days after suffering a medical emergency, with his hospital dash breaking the show’s strict Covid bubble.
He recalled the “disturbing” moment he woke up “incoherent”, telling the hosts: “Basically, I woke up and I didn’t know where I was, what was going on, and I could hardly string a sentence together. As it turned out, it was harmless.”
After being rushed to hospital and given “every test imaginable” Richard was given the all clear – with the star putting the scare down to severe dehydration.
I’m A Celeb has been plunged into chaos since the star’s exit – with the show sensationally pulled off air for two days after the set was battered by Storm Arwen.
In a shock move, the stars were evacuated from the castle and returned to their quarantine, with bosses hoping to get back on telly as soon as possible.