ITV has taken an option to film I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here for a third year in the Welsh Castle, we can reveal.
The bosses of Gwrych Castle have vowed not to take any further reservations for this time next year as TV chiefs monitor the situation in Australia.
It’s a move that will devastate fans – who desperately want the show to return to the jungle after claiming this year’s show is “too easy.”
Bosses were hoping to shift filming of Down Under again next year, and Australia is slowly starting to open restrictions.
But privately, TV chiefs fear the nation will not be fully open to travelers even around this time next year and have resigned themselves for a third year in North Wales.
An ITV source told us: “Right now it’s pretty much nailed down for a third year at the castle. Australia is opening up but could also close at any time depending on how things go, so the situation is far from on a level playing field.
“The leaders are happy to be staying with Gwyrch Castle for another year and then after that the show could finally return to Down Under.
“But viewers are understanding because Australia is so strict, so they know going back to Oz isn’t really doable right now.
“The show has the option of a third year and the directors will not accept any further reservations without informing ITV. “
ITV has been approached for comment.
However, this year’s series has not gone smoothly, with Richard Madeley exiting early after breaking the Covid-19 bubble due to a health alert and the evacuation of the cast after Storm Arwen has suspended the show for three days.
And the pandemic and extreme weather conditions were addressed by the bosses of Gwrych Castle as they thanked I’m A Celebrity and ITV for hosting another series in the beautiful building.
After the 2021 final, the castle released a statement which read: “We would like to thank ITV and I am a celebrity for returning to Gwrych Castle for the second year in a row.
“It has not been an easy race for you with the pandemic and more recently the storm to deal with, but we will always be grateful for your support and hard work. “
It comes after viewers said they would rather see the show take a year off than return to Gwrych Castle in 2022.