Entertainment I'm a Celeb insiders fear series could be axed after Storm Arwen damage
Storm Arwen map: Latest UK weather forecast and when the Met Office says the year’s first named storm will hit
The Met Office has issued amber wind warnings for north-east Scotland and north-east England with Storm Arwen set to hit on Friday afternoonWinds of around 75mph are set to batter the coastlines, but will also be felt inland.
There are concerns I'm a Celebrity could be cancelled after Storm Arwen reportedly smashed up parts of the set causing celebs to be evacuated.
the show could be pushed back or even cancelled indefinitely to try and figure out what was and wasn't damaged.
Producers announced on Saturday night that the contestants have been taken out of the castle due to technical issues which has seen this weekend's live episodes cancelled and
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Insiders told The Sun Newspaper that the show could be delayed for a long time as they try and understand "where they go from here" after the damage from the storm during the weekend.
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The source allegedly said: “This is a crushing blow. No one anticipated the disaster that this storm would cause and it has completely blindsided us.
“The worst damage is to one of our three production areas — the tent where we keep the scanners, the TV editing suite, the production office and our IT equipment. From the outside, it is wrecked.
“At the moment, we still don’t know what the damage done to the equipment is, as we can’t go in until it has been declared safe.
“But we need time to get everything fixed and the break buys us some time. We are hoping against hope it will be enough and that we can return on Monday.
I’m a Celebrity cancelled for weekend as Storm Arwen damages show’s TV production base
The show has suffered a number of challenges during its return to screens after being halted by the pandemic in 2020The celebrities taking part are safe and remain in Gwrych Castle in North Wales, where the reality TV show is filmed, ITV said.
“To go ahead then, we also need the green light to bring more staff back on set. But at the moment, nothing is guaranteed.”
Another insider told the Sunday Mirror said: ‘I’m A Celebrity is the jewel in ITV’s crown – one of their top-earning and most popular shows.
“Having it disappear, even for 48 hours, a week into the series is a disaster.”
The celebrity contestants were returned to quarantine as bosses made the decision to remove them from camp.
ITV confirmed in a statement: "Whilst we get the production base back up and running after suffering technical issues due to the storm, we have removed the celebrities from the castle."
The campmates will return to the castle once the show's entire production is safely re-established, with the quarantine conditions for the celebs the same as they were before they joined the show.
If they come into contact with anybody outside of I'm A Celeb's secure Covid bubble, they won't be allowed to return to camp - with Richard Madeley forced out of the show after just four days due to a hospital visit.
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I'm A Celeb's Ant and Dec give glimpse of 'wrecked' set after Storm Arwen .
Ant and Dec revealed the shocking photos of the I'm a Celeb base that was left a "wreck" by Storm Arwen as the celebs were in isolation without access to the internet or TV The award-winning co-hosts addressed the three-night absence of the show, as they revealed the shocking photos of the “wreck” that the storm had left the ITV production in.