DJ Locksmith has lost out on a rumoured I’m A Celebrity stint as no one is set to replace Richard Madeley in the ITV show.
The 34-year-old musician, who forms part of the group Rudimental, was reportedly on standby to replace the 65-year-old presenter after he was rushed to hospital with an unknown medical condition.
However, no celebrity will be entering the camp to replace him.
Missed out: DJ Locksmith has lost out on I’m Celeb stint as no one is set to replace Richard Madeley after his hospital visit broke ‘Covid bubble’
Earlier this month, the DJ – real name Leon Rolle – was spotted arriving in Wales with the other campmates to start their two-week quarantine ahead of new series – and was then reported to be a stand-in contestant.
MailOnline has contacted an ITV representative for comment.
In a major blow to the show as one of their top signings, Richard, who was paid an estimated £200,000 to star in this year’s competition, was taken ill hours after participating in a gruelling trial and complaining about the castle’s freezing temperatures.
In a statement Richard, who was believed to be treated at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl, reassured fans that he’s ‘fine’ after his health scare, but confirmed he had to quit the series after breaking the show’s ‘Covid bubble.’
End of the journey: In a major blow to the show as one of their top signings, Richard was taken ill hours after participating in a gruelling trial and complaining about the castle’s freezing temperatures
Supplies: Earlier this month, the DJ – real name Leon Rolle – was spotted arriving in Wales with the other campmates to start their two-week quarantine ahead of new series – and was then reported to be a stand-in contestant
The broadcaster said: ‘Hello all! Richard here – firstly just to say that I’m absolutely FINE. I started to feel briefly unwell in the small hours of the morning and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
‘By leaving the camp, I had consequently broken the Covid ‘bubble’ and as such I’ve had to leave the castle and all the wonderful celebs that remain in the camp.
‘Obviously I’m gutted to be leaving so soon but the safety of all the campmates is the number one priority. I’m incredibly excited to watch their journey continue…even more so at the prospect of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle…
‘Thank you to everyone who supported me on my brief but completely unforgettable adventure – I’ve made some great friends and honestly had the time of my life.’
‘Gutted’: In a statement the broadcaster, who was believed to be at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl, reassured fans that he’s ‘fine’ after his health scare
An I’m A Celebrity spokesperson added: ‘Our strict Covid protocols means Richard has sadly had to leave the show as he is no longer in the bubble the celebrities form when entering the castle.
‘He has been a truly brilliant camp mate and we thank him for being part of this series.’
A source also told MailOnline: ‘Richard is devastated. He was doing his best in the trials and embracing every part of life in camp, this isn’t the way he saw his I’m A Celeb journey ending.
‘Richard going back to camp would pose as too much of a risk to the other contestants, who have isolated and formed a bubble to protect themselves from a possible Covid-19 outbreak on set.
‘Everyone on the show will miss him – he’s been a huge part of camp and it’s so disappointing he won’t be able to return.’
Richard’s daughter Chloe, 34, revealed that her father is ‘livid’ he can’t go back into the I’m A Celebrity camp after his shock hospital dash.
Presenter Chloe, 34, took to Instagram to say she had spoken to her father and that while he was annoyed he couldn’t return, he was ‘absolutely fine’, before gushing she was ‘so proud’ of him.
She wrote: ‘Thanks for all your lovely messages, dad’s absolutely fine, we’ve been speaking to him all day and ultimately, he’s just livid he can’t go back into camp because of Covid restrictions.’
She continued: ‘He did himself proud though. He worked hard and was his calm, collected, kind and funny self. We are so proud!’
Family: Richard daughter Chloe has revealed that her father is ‘livid’ he can’t go back into the I’m A Celebrity camp after his shock hospital dash on Thursday (pictured together, 2014)
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 05.43am this morning, Thursday 25 November 2021, to reports of a medical emergency at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Conwy.
‘We sent a paramedic in a rapid response car and an emergency ambulance to the scene, and one patient was taken to hospital.’
After news of Richard’s hospitalisation broke, his Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid also took to Twitter to offer her well wishes.
She wrote: ‘Sending love – hope he’s feeling ok now. Doing brilliant job on#IACGMOOH and being supportive to everyone. Get well soon Richard.’
Just hours earlier Richard had earned just four stars in his first solo trial, Kitchen Nightmares, and confessed the ordeal had left him ‘freezing.’
Gross! Richard had earned just four stars in his first solo trial, Kitchen Nightmares, in scenes aired on Wednesday night – and confessed the ordeal had left him ‘freezing’
He was forced to use his mouth to try and untie some of the knots to retrieve stars that were hanging from a rope.
As fish guts and offal fell on him, the presenter struggled to unknot the string that had the stars on and exasperated said: ‘Holy Moly’, before the klaxon sounded again, marking the end of the task.
Speaking about the knot he said: ‘Who tied these knots? It’s wet and it’s tight. This one isn’t at tight’, prompting laughs from Ant and Dec.
Challenging: The disheartened star returned to camp and told them how difficult he found the trial
‘Such a disappointment,’ Richard said: ‘We’ll have something to eat tonight. I was really hoping to do better than that.’
A disheartened Richard returned to camp and told them how difficult he found the trial, and the campmates graciously accepted that he had only managed to get four stars, leading to measly dinner of squirrel.
At the end of the show, which was broadcast live, Richard was seen alongside the rest of the camp being told by Ant and Dec that all 10 of them would be heading to the trial area for the latest challenge.
Still there: In first look images from Thursday’s show, which was partially filmed on Wednesday night, Richard could be seen alongside his campmates before being hospitalised