I’m a celebrity … Get me out of here! was temporarily canceled due to Storm Arwen, but not to protect its competitors.
ITV withdrew episodes from the Saturday and Sunday reality show yesterday after its set at Gwrych Castle was battered by the European windstorm, shortly before announcing it had pulled competitors from the dangerous Welsh place.
The I’m a Celebrity 2021 lineup has now been placed in quarantine, where it will remain until it is safe to return to camp. The disastrous disruption comes just two days after Richard Madeley’s hospitalization forced him to quit the show unexpectedly.
ITV’s decision to remove the remaining 11 contestants from Gwrych Castle, where the show is filmed due to travel restrictions, would have little to do with safety concerns for the celebrities themselves.
According to Dr Mark Baker, chairman of the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, the 19th century fortress is more than capable of withstanding the force of Storm Arwen.
“Because it’s a medieval site, what they would have chosen at the time are places where it’s incredibly sheltered from the elements,” he told The Sun.
“So the castle is at the foot of a hill and in a recess. When you get the north and west winds, they literally blow over the top of the castle. “
With its protected position, Gwrych Castle is, ironically, one of the best places to seek refuge from Storm Arwen. “You could be standing in the middle of the castle, this storm raging around you and it’s like it’s calm in the center of the storm,” Dr Baker added.
Unfortunately, not everyone involved in I’m a Celebrity can hide inside the castle. While the campers are protected behind the stone walls, the production staff, who remain mainly on the outskirts of the castle, are at high risk of being injured by the powerful force of the storm.
The crew were reportedly “terrified” of Storm Arwen after its merciless winds nearly knocked them through the air, sending them frantically in search of emergency shelter. Their marquees and canopies were also badly damaged by the gales, which are believed to move at speeds of up to 90 mph.
I’m a celebrity, producers would now be rushing to restore the set in the hopes of getting back to filming as quickly as possible.