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Noel Edmonds has promised that he’ll retire from TV if he wins I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
The 69-year-old presenter has now been confirmed as the final ‘secret’ contestant on the ITV jungle gameshow, after a week of speculation.
“That’s a deal I’m prepared to do with the British public,” he told The Daily Mirror. “If they do vote me king of the jungle I will never appear on television again.
“Fifty years is long enough – give us a break, for Christ’s sake, we’ve got enough problems with Brexit.
“Now I’d be very happy to do that deal but it’s on terms I win the bloody thing.
“I’ve had a fantastic relationship with the British public. I may be Marmite but there’s a hell of a lot of people that seem to like Noel’s version of Marmite.”
He addd: “I think the British public will enjoy seeing me finally getting my comeuppance! I just know they are going to really give me a hard time.”
Edmonds, known for his shows Noel’s House Party, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Deal Or No Deal, is reportedly being paid £600,000 for his stint in the jungle.
That would make him the highest-paid contestant in the series’ history, comparing to a reported £40,000 for Inbetweeners star Emily Atack and a rumoured £15,000 for Hollyoaks actor Malique Thompson-Dwyer.
Edmonds also revealed a few of his concerns at taking part in the show.
“I am not great in confined areas,” he added. “For a helicopter pilot it is strange to admit I have a fear of heights.
“You can overcome phobias when you treat them logically but I may well succumb. I am going to give it my best shot. Whatever I do, I’m determined not to let people down.
“I have a fear of letting people down. I am a team player.”
He also told the Mirror that he’s been prepping for the show already.
“I was in Thailand in February with my wife who has no problems with spiders and bugs,” he said.
“We were in this insect market in Cambodia and there was a kid with a tarantula and Liz said, ‘if you’re going to do that show, then you should hold the spider’, so I held the spider but it did take a while to get to that point.
“So yes. I have been practising a few things but not eating the testicles. [But] There are now no worms in our garden. What do worms taste like? Worms, exactly what you’d expect.”