I’M A CELEBRITY… GET ME OUT OF HERE! is fast approaching and rumours are swirling about who is going to be heading Down Under. But is former footballer-turned-pundit Ian Wright going into the jungle?
ITV reality series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! will be launching its latest series on November 17. Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly are going to be welcoming a new batch of the stars to the famous Jungle Camp. Among the names of celebrities thought to be participating this year is ex-football player Ian Wright.
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Reports started suggesting Wright could be appearing in this year’s I’m A Celeb line-up recently.
Reigning Jungle King Harry Redknapp seemed to suggest Wright was joining the series during one of this shows.
Wright’s BBC colleague Gary Lineker seemed to drop a huge hint confirming he would be taking part this year.
He shared an image of himself with Alan Shearer and Wright on Instagram with his one million followers.
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Lineker captioned the picture: “Verified Last @bbcfootball before @wrightyofficial possibly, maybe, who knows, disappears for a few weeks. Me and @alanshearer are worried about catching jungle fever.”
Also, at the end of Match of the Day, Lineker said: “You all right Ian? I’m not bugging you?”
He cheekily added as he signed off: “Wrighty’s off to eat leaves.”
On top of all these hints, he also spoke on today’s (November 6) edition of his podcast with Danny Baker about Wright going into the jungle.
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He said on the Lineker & Baker Behind Closed Doors podcast, Linekar: “I must ask you, did you watch Match of the Day at the weekend?
“Wrighty might possibly – can’t reveal it a hundred percent sure, obviously – but might well be going in the Jungle.
“A lot of rumours which I kind of alluded to during the show. If Wrighty is going in the Jungle, any advice for him?”
Baker, who was on the show back in 2016, responded: “If anyone listening to me now is going in the Jungle this year, you are going to have the time of your life.”
He went on to say: “If you’re going to come out, come out first. But the other thing is, in 42 years of doing this, one of the best gigs – second-best gig ever was the jungle.
“It is fantastic. It is tremendous. Were Ian listening to this, you’ve got to realise it’s a big film set. It’s real up to a point but when you’re in the jungle. You don’t see anyone.
“Two nights in, I noticed – I’m letting daylight in upon magic here – I looked at the lamps that light it, not a single insect was near them.
“Nothing was flying at them, which tells me that area had been treated and cleaned. It’s a big old film set. They treat it very seriously.”
Baker went on to reveal there was about an hour-and-a-half between the trial was announced and the participant was unveiled.
He added: “Should Ian Wright be going in there – a more rambunctious nuisance than I am – it’s a brilliant, brilliant job.”
However, ITV is yet to officially confirm the line-up and Wright’s addition won’t be announced formally until closer to the launch.