Vernon Kay addresses I’m A Celebrity 2020 rumours: “Never say never!”

The presenter has been tipped to appear on this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

Vernon Kay

Rumours began swirling that presenter Vernon Kay had signed a very lucrative deal for this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

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And it sounds like viewers could well be seeing him Down Under as Kay, 46, is certainly not against the idea.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com, the TV star – who is known for presenting ITV’s Family Fortunes – revealed he’d “never say never” to joining the I’m A Celebrity 2020 line-up.

When asked if he’d be heading to Australia (or Scotland depending on the pandemic) to take part in the ITV show, he laughed: “I thought you might ask me this. The reason why that story came out, I think, is because I’ve been asked for the last two or three years to do I’m A Celebrity.”

He continued: “I’ve always turned it down. I think my name must have still been in a notebook and it’s been floated around.

“We’ll see. Never say never. Like I say, I’ve been asked two or three times in the past and it’s not been the right time so I don’t know.”

According to sources, Kay, 46, accepted a deal believed to be worth £250,000 to appear on I’m a Celebrity…

“Everyone’s so pleased to have Vernon on board, he’s a lovely guy, full of down-to-earth northern charm and perfect for the show,” the insider told The Mirror.

If true, this means Kay – who is returning to screens this August to host Formula E – will appear on ITV’s biggest show over the autumn while his wife Tess Daly presents BBC1’s Saturday night hit Strictly Come Dancing.

Kay joins a long list of celebs on this year’s rumoured line-up. Recently, Jason Manford said he’d take part in the show if it meant Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin could be his campmate.

Sounds like this is going to be a very interesting cast list. Count us in!

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Vernon Kay will return to our screens between 5th – 13th August for six action-packed Formula E races to finish the season, with all the drama live and free on the BBC Red Button. Look out for our full Formula E guide coming soon!