ITV bosses have responded to claims that insecticide is used in the I’m a Celebrity camp, calling the allegations “categorically not true”.
The statement follows allegations from Autumnwatch’s Chris Packham, who alleged that a crew member from the show told him about the use of bug sprays while filming. “Every day they would spray the entire jungle in that area with insecticide to kill any biting insects,” Packham said to The Mirror.
“Imagine what that is doing to the environment?”
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The naturalist then alleged that the use of insecticides were to avoid the contestants being bitten, adding: “So none of them were getting pestered by insects, they had to constantly spray the camp.
“When they were in the jungle none of them were scratching and itching or complaining about the insects. It’s really upsetting,” he continued.
Responding to the claims made by Packham, a spokesperson for ITV has said: “This is categorically not true, as a production we do not spray the jungle or castle area with insecticide, we have a strict environmental plan in place.”
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I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here will be returning to our screens later this year, with production returning to Australia for the first time since 2019. Due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, the past couple of seasons saw Ant and Dec swap out the Australian jungle for Wales’ Gwrych Castle instead.
The upcoming season isn’t the only thing fans have to look forward to either, with an all-stars version of the show set to hit our screens sometime next year.
The spin-off series will feature former contestants who have competed on the show in the last 20 years.
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! airs on ITV and ITV Hub.