Jake Quickenden And Edwina Currie Into Jungle As Craig Charles Leaves Following Brother's Death
Two more join I'm A Celebrity... but family tragedy prompts actor to head home...
The X Factor reject Jake Quickenden and former politician Edwina Currie have become the newest contestants to join this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
The pair will be making their debut on tonight's show (20 November), but the announcement has been overshadowed by the tragic news that Craig Charles' older brother Dean has died suddenly.
A show spokesperson has confirmed that the Coronation Street star left the camp on Thursday morning (Aussie time) and will fly back to the UK.
A source told The Mirror: "Craig was told the sad news earlier today. He was devastated and decided to leave straight away, but did stop to say his goodbyes to his fellow celebrities.
"He was a great part of the show and we are sorry to see him leave but completely respect his wishes. He is expected to fly home tomorrow."
Meanwhile Quickenden has vowed to throw himself into the show.
"Things like this don't happen to me," he said. "I am just a normal bloke. I said yes straight away. It is such an amazing show. I used to watch it with my older brother and we both said we'd love to do it one day.
"It's a real adventure and I am going to take this opportunity with both hands. I want to relish everything that is thrown at me.
"I actually haven't stopped grinning since I got offered this. And I will look forward to getting my teeth into everything - but who knows what I am getting my teeth into?"
And Currie told Digital Spy that her previous career should prepare her well for the jungle.
"I used to meet a lot of rats in politics. I can deal with the two-legged variety," she quipped. "The four-legged sort, we'll find out when I get in there.
"I guess we'll see what happens, but I hope I equip myself with true dignity, honour and integrity. If I scream a bit, that's fine."
Gemma Collins made the headlines yesterday when she walked out of the camp, unable to cope with the challenges presented by life in the jungle.