I'm A Celebrity bosses have reportedly been accused of not intervening sooner before favourite contestant Brian Conley's health deteriorated.
The 51-year-old was rushed to a hospital in Queensland, Australia on Sunday after his health is said to have worsened, due to an unspecified illness. Upon her arrival in Australia, Brian's worried wife Anne-Marie is said to have demanded answers as to why he was not taken out of the jungle sooner.
"She couldn’t believe how much he’d changed after ten days in the jungle. He looks really unwell and vulnerable," a show source told The Sun.
"He’s lost a lot of weight and is exhausted. Doctors have prescribed lots of rest until he recovers. Anne-Marie was hugely supportive of Brian’s decision to go on the show, but now you can’t blame her wishing he hadn’t."
"She wants to know how this happened and why bosses did not intervene earlier," they continued.
Producers of the ITV1 show are said to have held crisis talks on how to deal with the fallout of Brian's untimely departure. While the celebrities are given a series of tests before they enter the jungle, viewers watched as Brian appeared to breakdown several times, including his reaction after an argument with boxer David Haye, which caused him to break down in tears.
However, the show insider insists that action was taken as soon as they realised the seriousness of his illness.
"We pride ourselves on ensuring celebrities are equipped for the challenge, but it seems one slipped through the net," the source added.
Meanwhile, an ITV1 spokesperson released a statement last night, saying: "The safety and welfare of our contestants is of paramount importance."
"All contestants are assessed by independent medical experts. We also have contact where necessary with the celebrities’ GPs."
"Medical personnel are also available 24 hours a day to provide support if it is needed."
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