Joel Dommett has confirmed ITV have axed I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp because the programme was “expensive” and they are planning to use the funds for “more prime-time slots”
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Joel Dommett, who co-hosted the latest ITV2 series alongside Emily Atack and Adam Thomas, took to Instagram to confirm the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! spin-off will “no longer continue”, but he admitted it was a “huge privilege” to have starred on the programme for three years.
‘Sad news – The time has unfortunately come to put Extra Camp to bed in its uncomfortable hammock. The show will no longer continue. It’s been a huge privilege to be a part a show with such a rich history filled with amazing hosts’.
Joel also joked that ITV bosses told him he was the “sexiest presenter” to have ever been on the programme, and added that it was being axed because the show is “expensive” and the channel are planning to use the funds for “more prime-time slots”.
‘The producers have assured me that @emilyatackofficial @adamthomas21 and myself are not to blame – they said the show was better than ever and also that Joel is the sexiest presenter we have ever had (I wasn’t listening but it was something like that) – it is simply because it’s expensive given how late it’s on and the funds will be used in more prime time slots.
‘I’ve told them that Adam will do it for free but the decision is made. Thank you to all the crew who have made this the most wonderful 3 years, you have shaped me as a person and presenter. I’ve learnt so much. Thank you to everyone for watching #extracamp (sic)’.
Scarlett Moffatt, who co-hosted with Joel and Joe Swash in 2017 and 2018, wrote:
‘You lot did an amazing job!! Xx
‘So many fab memories with you and @realjoeswashy (sic)’.
Roman Kemp, who competed on last year’s ‘I’m A Celebrity’ series, added:
‘A privilege to have been on it!’.
The spin-off show was initially called I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! NOW!, until 2015, and first hosted by Irish TV presenter Louise Loughman in 2002, before Mark Durden-Smith and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson – who died in 2017 aged 45 – took over.
The programme has had numerous co-hosts over the years including Kelly Osbourne, Matt and Emma Willis, and former Love Island presenter Caroline Flack.
Current Love Island host Laura Whitmore also presented the programme alongside Joe from 2011 to 2015.
Last year’s ‘Extra Camp’ was the first in 10 years not to feature Joe as a co-host.