AJ Pritchard will head to I’m A Celeb castle as he ‘tests negative for coronavirus’

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AJ Pritchard will be heading into the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! castle this Sunday after testing negative for coronavirus.

The former Strictly Come Dancing pro has been confirmed to be taking part in the show after a negative result on Wednesday, a spokesman for AJ told Mail Online.

A source added to the publication: “It is a huge relief, luckily AJ hasn't suffered at all with the virus – and was able to recover quickly.

“Thankfully his test result has come back negative so he has been given the all clear to go ahead with the show.

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“He is so excited to take part, a positive test result at this last stage would have been devastating.”

OK! online has contacted representatives for AJ and I’m A Celebrity for comment.

AJ’s appearance on the show had doubt cast over it as he reportedly tested positive for coronavirus days before the show was set to launch in Wales.

According to a source AJ and Abbie are waiting for confirmation to rejoin filming which begins on Sunday after the cast is officially announced.

ITV production have been carrying out routine tests for all cast and crew, and AJ's test reportedly came back positive.

The source told the Sun: "The ITV production team have gone to incredible lengths all year to make sure everything is carried out safely and with as minimal risk to the cast and crew as possible.

“There is little room for error. If several stars are struck down, particularly one of the older ones, then it would throw the whole show into jeopardy and be very problematic.”

As reports of AJ’s positive coronavirus test began to swirl, Megan Barton Hanson’s ex girlfriend Chelcee Grimes was said to be poised to replace the star.

Chelcee is said to have been spending two weeks isolating near the I’m A Celeb castle in Abergele, north Wales and has been warned to be ready to enter Gwrych Castle if any of the cast drop out due to the coronavirus.

A source said: “All of the celebrities are being tested regularly as part of ITV’s plans to make sure the show goes ahead.

“They’re taking zero risks and AJ will be tested again in the coming days. If that comes back negative he’ll start filming at the end of the week as planned, if it comes back positive again they still have a few days to play with, so everyone is quite calm at this point.”

They continued to The Sun Online: “ITV have always been prepared in case of one, or more, dropouts so have had Chelcee and others ready to go.

“She’s been squirreled away in a cottage nearby just in case she’s needed.”

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