Ex I’m A Celebrity campmates Beverley Callard and Vernon Kay have revealed the ITV bosses’ plot to show celebrities in a bad light.
The Corrie star took part in the show at Gwrych Castle in 2020 and believes her fellow cast-members were given a “unfair” edit.
Agreed with by Vernon Kay, they claimed producers had a meeting to plan how to turn the show “nasty” – but eventually abandoned the idea.
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Featuring on an episode of Rylan Clarke’s podcast ‘Ry-Union’, Beverley said: “None of us were confrontational, not one of us. Nobody was trying to pull the camera all the time, nobody was moody…
“I think the editing in some way was a little bit unfair because they showed some of lots of people and not very much of other people. But that just goes with the job unfortunately.”
Beverley also mentioned that viewers were not shown some of the best bits of her campmates, including former Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard.
She told Rylan’s podcast: “You missed out on the really comedic side of AJ, who is the funniest person, but it didn’t tend to show that side of him apparently.”
Her fellow ex-campmate Vernon revealed that the show’s bosses had a secret plot to turn things ‘nasty’ in the camp when it became clear the celebrities were getting on well.
The TV and radio presenter said: “I’ve heard from the inside there was a moment in week one when they had a production meeting on how they could possibly turn it nasty.”
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Beverley chimed in: “I heard that too!”
However, the stars say the plans were scrapped when it became clear the nation were loving the friendliness of 2020’s group of campmates.
Vernon said: “When they saw the viewing figures, they were like, ‘Why would we want to ruin it?’ And they let us go with it, they let us embrace each other instead of being fractious.”
Last year’s camp certainly had a different atmosphere to 2021’s, where tensions are already high with Naughty Boy regularly seen to be arguing.
This year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here line-up includes: Louise Minchin, Matty Lee, Snoochie Shy, Dame Arlene Phillips, Naughty Boy, Kadeena Cox, David Ginola, Frankie Bridge, Danny Miller and Richard Madeley who was forced to leave the show last week.
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