'I'm A Celebrity' Bosses To 'Ban Reality TV Stars From Entering Jungle'

10/09/2016 11:17

In possibly the biggest shake-up to hit reality TV since the invention of the spray tan, TV bosses are this year reported to be BANNING already established reality TV stars from competing in ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’

Following ‘Geordie Shore’ celeb Vicky Pattison’s triumph in the jungle last year, execs are said to be seeking “more credible stars”. 

The Sun reports that they are banning the likes of ‘TOWIE’ favourites and ‘Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews in favour of a lineup more similar to that on BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. 

Former 'TOWIE' star Mark Wright was a previous triumph in the jungle

Apparently, this comes after a series of former contestants have complained that those faces familiar to viewers via reality TV shows have “an unfair advantage” when it comes to securing the audience’s affection. 

Advantages include being used to being filmed close up and natural, and also having established fanbases on social media. 

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Previous inhabitants of the jungle have included reality stars Mark Wright, Gemma Collins, Hugo Taylor and Joey Essex, and it has to be said some of these have provided some of the finest moments in the jungle’s history. Although Gemma barely made it out of the helicopter before she was carted off home, it was short but sweet while it lasted. Hugo’s daily tears gave a whole new meaning to ‘man in touch with his emotions’ while Joey proved it was possible to build a whole career on not being able to tell the time.

Hugo Taylor was a man used to showing his emotions on national television

Despite this guarantee of such easy entertainment, bosses are now keen to recruit more stand-out faces, following the memorable stint of Lady Colin Campbell last year. 

Rumours were rife this week that ‘Gogglebox’ star Scarlett Moffatt had been lined up for this year’s series, which begins in November, so either she’s been upgraded from reality TV star in the interim, or perhaps there’s an exception to prove every rule. 

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