Ant McPartlin may be back for this year’s I’m a Celeb, but the jungle presenting team has just lost two members: both Joe Swash and Scarlett Moffatt have quit spin-off show Extra Camp.
Swash, who won 2008’s I’m a Celeb, announced on Instagram that he was departing the show to spend more time with partner Stacey Solomon (who he met on I’m a Celeb) and baby son Rex.
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“I can’t believe I’m about to say this… For 10 incredible years I’ve been lucky enough to host my favourite show on telly,” he wrote. “I don’t want to miss a second with Stacey and our amazing boys so 3 months in Australia just seems too [much] to bare this year.”
From 2009, the ex-EastEnders actor co-hosted spin-off series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, NOW! and carried on presenting duties after the show was renamed Extra Camp.
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I can’t believe I’m about to say this… For 10 incredible years I’ve been lucky enough to host my favourite show on telly. Being a part of the I’m a Celebrity After Show has been everything I could have dreamed of and more. But I’ve come to the decision that this year I’m going to have to leave my jungle family and stay home with my wonderful real family. I don’t want to miss a second with Stacey and our amazing boys so 3 months in Australia just seems too make to bare this year. I’m so grateful for everything the jungle has given me and for all of the people who have took me under their wing and given me memories to last a lifetime. I’ve made some unbelievable friends in fact family in oz and I’ll miss you all terribly. @antanddec thank you boys for showing me how it’s done and keeping me on my toes I’ll be watching every night missin ya both! Well It’s not goodbye forever but just for now. Thanks for the memories @imacelebrity it’s been emotional. Signing off for now and all i have left to say is… “Olly, Olly, Olly, tits in the trolley, balls in a biscuit tin. Sitting on the grass, with your finger up your arse, playing with your ding a ling a ling!”
Moffatt – who became queen of the jungle in 2006 – also announced her exit on Instagram, revealing she was leaving to work on another mystery project “alongside my family”.
“The jungle absolutely changed my life and I am massively grateful to everybody who voted for me whilst in the jungle and for your constant support to date and everybody who tuned in to extra camp,” she wrote.
Comedian Joel Dommett, who hosted Extra Camp with Swash and Moffatt, has yet to comment on their departure. It is currently not clear if hr will return, with ITV telling RadioTimes.com they will announce the Extra Camp presenting line-up closer to transmission.
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After chatting to one of my besties @realjoeswashy and seeing his insta post I thought I would do mine to. For 3 years I have enjoyed a jungle life, being crowned queen of the jungle and having the greatest time presenting extra camp with Swashy and Joel who I now class as best friends. The jungle absolutely changed my life and I am massively grateful to everybody who voted for me whilst in the jungle and for your constant support to date and everybody who tuned in to extra camp ?? Massive thank you to all the team including Richard, Angela, Toni, pecks and of course @antanddec and @hollywilloughby @joeldommett and @realjoeswashy but I have got a project that I’ve been working on (alongside my family) that I am very very excited to announce soon. And because of this unfortunately I will not be presenting this years extra camp but I will certainly be tuning in LONG LIVE THE JUNGLE ?#jungle #love #extracamp #imaceleb
Either way, it looks like Extra Camp will be in need of a few new hosts – and there are already several names in the mix. Following the show’s previous form, many are predicting old campmates – including 2017 winner Georgia Toffolo, 2018 runner-up Emily Atack, 2013’s Joey Essex and 2011 runner-up Mark Wright (currently favourite to take a presenting spot) – could take on job.
Captial FM DJ Roman Kemp, singer and presenter Rochelle Humes, Love Island’s Kem Cetinay and Australian I’m a Celeb host Julia Morris have also been bandied about by bookies.
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