I’m A Celebrity’s Medic Bob will be absent for first time in 20 years in huge shake-up
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I’m A Celebrity has undergone several huge changes to ensure the series can go ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time in the show’s history, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will welcome 10 celebrities into Gwrych Castle in Wales as opposed to the Australian jungle. Although the ITV series is going ahead as planned, travel restrictions have meant Medic Bob will be absent.
Medic Bob, real name Robert McCarron, has been a permanent fixture on I’m A Celebrity since the series began in 2002.
However, travel restrictions between Australia and the UK have meant he will be forced to miss the upcoming series.
But, I’m A Celebrity fans will get to see Bob next year when the show is expected to return to its home Down Under.
An insider said: “Medic Bob is one of the pillars of I’m A Celebrity but unfortunately it wasn’t going to be a possibility to have him on board this year.
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“Bob is based in Australia and with the changing restrictions there and in the UK, it became evident he wasn’t going to be able to feature.
“Of course this is completely temporary and Bob will return once I’m A Celebrity is back in Australia.
“A UK based medic will instead be used on the show and Bob’s absence will be referenced by Ant and Dec.”
Some of I’m A Celebrity’s most iconic moments have involved the Bushtucker Trial medic.
The medic is always on hand to help celebrities disentangle themselves from creepy crawlies when the trials come to an end and in 2010 he came to Gillan McKeith’s rescue when she “fainted”.
I’m A Celebrity fans were disappointed with the news and flocked to Twitter to confirm Bob will be missed.
One said: “Gonna miss Medic Bob this year in Wales. Always such an important part of it #ImACeleb.”
“Where’s Medic Bob? He was such a big part of the shows especially at the beginning #imacelebrity,” another shared.
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While someone else added: “Shame no Medic Bob this year.”
The absence of Medic Bob will just be one of the changes to this year’s I’m A Celebrity.
However, the decision to set the show in North Wales has helped to “save” Gwrych Castle.
ITV paid £300,000 to use the castle grounds and founder and head of the Gwrych Castle Perseveration Trust Mark Barker revealed the sum will make a huge difference.
“I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement before anyone from ITV so much as visited, and the actual name of the programme was never confirmed until we were very close to signing contracts in July,” Mark explained. “It would usually take us over two years to raise £300,000.”
“With the second wave of Covid, the programme has saved not only us but many local businesses.”
“Hundreds of jobs have kept going because ITV has employed them on site,” he told Radio Times.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! debuts on Sunday, November 15 on ITV.
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