Veteran comedian Freddie Starr has been forced to withdraw from this year’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! on medical advice.
The 68-year old was rushed to hospital on Monday with a suspected allergic reaction after partaking in a BushTucker Trial on the ITV1 reality show.
Starr has now left hospital in Australia, but producers have decided its best that he does not continue with the series after consulting doctors.
An ITV spokesperson described Freddie as a “terrific contestant” and said that his Bushtucker Trial against The Only Way is Essex’s Mark Wright was one of the “standout moments” from the programme.
Starr said: “I was sorry to hear the news about what the doctors said – that I was allergic to something, to play it safe and best for me not to go back in.
“ITV’s got a duty of care and it’s only right that the doctors advise them to keep me away from the jungle.
“It may not happen again but we’ll never know.
“They couldn’t find anything wrong with me physically.
“They checked me over and couldn’t find anything wrong with me, but told the TV people it’s a risk and that I could be allergic to something in there – and that duty of care ITV has, has to be respected.
“I was sick not to finish the show. The decision’s been made and I have to live with that. I wish everyone on the show all the best.
“They’re all really nice people and I had a great time in there.”
Starr has a history of heart problems and had undergone bypass surgery in 2010 – however, it is understood his allergic reaction was unrelated.
It is not yet known when he will return to the UK.