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Gloria Hunniford reveals why she turned down spot on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Gloria Hunniford
Gloria Hunniford

Gloria Hunniford has revealed why she turned down the opportunity to take part in this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The Portadown-born television star, who turned 79 in April, confirmed she had been in talks with ITV producers about going into the jungle on Loose Women.

"In one way I wanted to challenge myself," she said.

"But when they were really honest with me and told me what it was like, I thought 'well, I'm allergic to mosquitoes really badly, I'm a hospital case with that'."

She went on to explain how the food could cause her problems and her "dodgy knee" could prevent her doing more physical work in the jungle.

The presenter also said she would have difficulty taking part in the infamous eating trials and those involving reptiles.

"I don't think I could do the snake bit, and I certainly couldn't eat a pig's brain," she said.

Had Hunniford decided to take part in the show, she would have been the oldest contestant to ever enter the jungle, overtaking Stanley Johnson, who was 77 when he appeared on I'm A Celeb last year.

The other Loose Women panelists, Coleen Nolan, Ruth Langsford and Saira Khan, admitted that they never been asked to take part in the show.

The 19th series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off on November 17 and saw the likes of Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle, former England rugby player James Haskell and radio presenter Adele Roberts enter the camp with the hope of being crowned king or queen of the jungle.

Tuesday's episode saw those living in the Snake Rock camp – including Caitlyn Jenner and Ian Wright – take part in a Bushtucker Trial called Face Your Fears in which they wore clear helmets filled with insects and rats.

The celebrities were challenged with releasing two stars in two minutes using the tools provided.

Derry girl Nadine (34), who shot to fame in 2002 when she starred on Popstars: The Rivals, offered an insight into her life in Girls Aloud.

Asked by Kate Garraway why she was not still friends with the other members of the group, Coyle said: “Everyone gets on with their lives. I was friends with them all. It was all nice and lovely.

“But I was always in the gay bars with all the guys. I would be out partying – me and 10 guys. I was having a laugh. I was 18 to 19 years old.”

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues on ITV.

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