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I’m A Celebrity ‘to abandon luxury Versace hotel for budget resort used in The Inbetweeners’


I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! are reportedly swapping the luxury Versace hotel for a budget Byron Bay resort used in The Inbetweeners, as the crew prepare to head back to Australia. 

In years gone by, the five-star Palazzo Versace was used to house contestants after their stay in the jungle. 

But now, ITV bosses are said to be ditching the Gold Coast hotel as they hope to return to Australia this year, after the 2020 series was filmed at Gwrych Castle, Abergele in north Wales. 

Scrapped! I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! are reportedly swapping the Versace hotel for a Byron Bay resort used in The Inbetweeners, as the crew prepare to head back to Australia

According to The Sun, they are considering the surfers’ resort used by Jay, Neil, Simon and Will in the second Inbetweeners film, due to strict Covid rules as it is closer to the I’m A Celeb jungle.

A crew member told the publication: ‘It’s fantastic the show is heading back to Oz this year but it doesn’t mean it can be filmed as it has in previous years.

‘They need to be prepared in case there is a new Covid outbreak in the area.

‘There have been years when celebs have been booked at the very last-minute but that can’t happen if the quarantine rules remain in place.’

Guests: In years gone by, the five-star Palazzo Versace was used to house contestants after their stay in the jungle (pictured L-R Inbetweeners' Jay, Simon, Neil and Will)

Guests: In years gone by, the five-star Palazzo Versace was used to house contestants after their stay in the jungle (pictured L-R Inbetweeners’ Jay, Simon, Neil and Will)

Change: But now, ITV bosses are said to be ditching the Gold Coast hotel as they hope to return to Australia this year, after the 2020 series was filmed at Gwrych Castle in north Wales

Change: But now, ITV bosses are said to be ditching the Gold Coast hotel as they hope to return to Australia this year, after the 2020 series was filmed at Gwrych Castle in north Wales

The I’m A Celeb jungle is situated near the state border in New South Wales. 

The source revealed the celebs will likely land in Sydney before travelling to the location to avoid crossing state borders, and they will be required to isolate for two weeks. 

In previous years, contestants would land in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, and would reside in the designer five-star hotel.  

The crew member confirmed that production will have to ‘scramble’ to book different hotel rooms this year which will cause a ‘headache’. 

Sandy shores: They are considering the surfers' resort used by Jay, Neil, Simon and Will in the second Inbetweeners film, due to strict Covid rules as it is closer to the I'm A Celeb jungle

Sandy shores: They are considering the surfers’ resort used by Jay, Neil, Simon and Will in the second Inbetweeners film, due to strict Covid rules as it is closer to the I’m A Celeb jungle

They stated the show’s presenters, Ant and Dec, will likely stay at their apartment in New South Wales in Cabarita Beach.

MailOnline have reached out to ITV reps for comment.  

Earlier this month, it was reported that I’m A Celebrity bosses have arranged for crew to stay in a caravan park in North Wales incase the 2021 series can’t return to Australia.

In 2020, the production team moved into the Golden Sands Holiday Park in Rhyl for the duration of the show, which was filmed 15 minutes away at Gwyrch Castle.

Location: The source revealed the celebs will likely land in Sydney before travelling to the location to avoid crossing state borders, and they will be required to isolate for two weeks (pictured Katie Price on the show in 2009)

Location: The source revealed the celebs will likely land in Sydney before travelling to the location to avoid crossing state borders, and they will be required to isolate for two weeks (pictured Katie Price on the show in 2009)

Home from home: They stated the show's presenters, Ant and Dec, will likely stay at their apartment in New South Wales in Cabarita Beach

Home from home: They stated the show’s presenters, Ant and Dec, will likely stay at their apartment in New South Wales in Cabarita Beach

A source has now claimed that execs have scouted out the venue’s availability once more as a ‘back-up plan’ in the event that jetting abroad is scrapped.  

Speaking with The Mirror, a source claimed: ‘Everyone is hoping to get back Down Under for the sunshine, including Ant and Dec. 

‘But just in case that is ruled out by the authorities, a back-up plan is essential and that’s why the caravan site has been primed once more.’

An I’m A Celebrity spokesperson said: ‘We’ll announce the location for the new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in due course’. 

Golden Sands Holiday Park is popular with holidaymakers during summer months and this year there is thought to be availability for holidaymakers until November.  

I’m A Celeb usually kicks off in the middle of November and runs into the first week of December, with Giovanna Fletcher being crowned the Queen Of The Castle in 2020.

It was reported in April that show bosses won’t know if I’m A Celebrity will be able to return to its usual home in Australia for the upcoming 2021 series until September.  

According to The Mirror, everyone is thought to be ‘very keen’ to return to the jungle and it is now just a ‘waiting game’ to know if it’ll be possible. 

Back up: Earlier this month, it was reported that I'm A Celebrity bosses have arranged for crew to stay in a caravan park in North Wales incase the 2021 series can't return to Australia (pictured some of the caravans at the park)

Back up: Earlier this month, it was reported that I’m A Celebrity bosses have arranged for crew to stay in a caravan park in North Wales incase the 2021 series can’t return to Australia (pictured some of the caravans at the park)



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