I’m A Celebrity stars’ families ‘will not fly out to Australia’ to reunite with campmates

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has faced a number of reported changes this year, including isolating campmates for two weeks before the show.

But, the show’s latest reported update could serve as a “big blow” for this year’s campmates, who are rumoured to include Bev Callard and Maya Jama.

The ITV challenge reality show, which sees celebrity contestants spend around three weeks in the Australian jungle cut off from the rest of the world, is said to have put a dampener on plans for the campmates’ nearest and dearest to be flown out to reunite with them when they leave the bush.

A show source told The Sun: “Having no friends or family flown out will be a big blow to celebrities.

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“Producers have even involved them in recent years by taking them into the jungle in the final days to create heartfelt scenes.”

Previous years have seen a number of campmates struggle with being separated from their loved ones, including Queen of the Jungle Jacqueline Jossa, who broke down in tears and admitted she missed her children and husband Dan Osborne while in camp last year.

However, it’s been reported the reunions will take place via video call instead this year.

The insider added: “There are early plans to film video calls to capture celebs having their first chats with loved ones.

“But they might have to make do with hosts Ant and Dec when they come out.”

The friends and family of the I’m A Celeb stars are usually flown out on business class planes and stay in the luxurious Palazzo Versace hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast as they await the celebrities’ exits.

But, it’s been reported that the show is trying to cut costs as ITV’s advertising revenue has dropped after the coronavirus pandemic caused the country to go into lockdown.

A representative for the ITV show declined to comment when contacted by OK! online.

In May this year, the future of the show was uncertain as the show’s bigwigs held crisis meetings to discuss how the series can go ahead this year.

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A source said: “I’m A Celebrity is six months away but bosses are holding meetings about how they can ensure it still goes ahead in the current climate.

“A raft of measures are being looked at.

“One of the most recent plans was to employ a crew that is 95 per cent made up of Australian workers to overcome the issues surrounding flying to different countries and the quarantine restrictions.”

The insider continued to tell The Sun: “This would mean a lot of the show’s UK crew missing out on their annual big gig but ITV are having to seriously consider every option.

“The changing nature of the crisis means that every situation is having to be assessed and planned for.”

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