I’m A Celeb’s Richard Madeley opens up on hospital dash: ‘I didn’t know where I was’

Richard Madeley has spoken out on his exit from ITV's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! as he returned to Good Morning Britain on Monday, 29 November.

The 65 year old took a break from the programme on 3 November as he had told his fellow presenters that he was "off to eat things" and would be back after Christmas.

While he had a strong run on the show, he had no choice but to leave Gwrych castle for good after being taken to hospital – which meant he broke the Covid-19 bubble and could not return.

Now, the presenter has spoken out about his time in hospital as he told hosts Susanna Reid, 50, and Ben Shephard, 46, that he thinks he was dehydrated before leaving the camp.

"If it wasn't for Covid, I would've been out of that camp for maybe a total of two hours, having all these checks, the results came back in and I was absolutely fine. I would've been back by half past 10 in the morning," Richard explained.

He went on to share that he wanted to go back but simply couldn't as he was meeting nurses and people in hospital and couldn't risk bringing the coronavirus back to his campmates.

Richard then spoke out on why he had to go to hospital to begin with as he said: "I think what happened to me was I got dehydrated. I think that's all it was, but dehydration – if anyone has ever suffered from it – is actually quite disturbing.

"Basically, I think I'd been up for about 20 hours the day before and the day before that. We were having very very long days and sleeping quite late. We don't have watches in there. I don't think I got to bed before four, four thirty in the morning and I knew I was feeling thirsty.

"I'm quite bad at remembering to drink water and I got into my sleeping bag and it was freezing and I thought, 'Ah I haven't had a big drink for a while, oh I'll do it when I wake up,' and the next thing I knew I was sitting there babbling.

"I don't know, I was speaking nonsense."

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He continued: "I woke up, I didn't know where I was, what was going on and I could hardly swing a sentence together. As it turned out, it was harmless. I went to the hospital, everything was normal, my bloods and all the rest of it. I got a 100 per cent clean bill of health.

"They were happy for me to go back in. I had a cup of tea, a drink of water and I was back on the rails.

"But ITV has a proper duty of care and if you have someone sitting in that castle, talking nonsense at four thirty in the morning – that's typically me anyway – they have to check it out."

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Richard went on to explain that he had a moment of realisation that he might not be able to go back on the show as he broke the bubble.

Show producers told him they'd been "wracking our brains" but couldn't find a way for him to go back in.

"So here I am, I should be in there, but here I am," he added.

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