Richard Madeley addresses I’m a Celebrity rumours as he makes GMB return

Richard Madeley has teased fans over rumours he's heading into I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

TV presenter Richard, 65, is rumoured to have signed a £200,000 contract to enter the I'm A Celeb castle in Wales later this year.

And as he made his return to GMB, Richard's co-host Susanna Reid wasted no time in quizzing him on those rumours.

As Richard returned he was welcomed back by Susanna, 50. He thanked her and said: "I'm with you now for a solid month so I'm sorry," before he turned to the camera and laughed.

Susanna then asked: "Are you doing anything in a month's time Richard? That means you can't stay with us for more than a month."

Richard turned to face his viewers and clarified: "She's referring to I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!"

"Yes," Susanna said. "I read rumours that you were going into The Jungle – The Welsh Jungle I should say!"

Richard then revealed: "I'm asked this every year, actually, well mostly – they ask me to do it.

"I usually give them an equivocal reply and I've checked with ITV what they want me to say about this because I may be going in or I may not be going in.

"You see what happens is…" He began to explain as Susanna then joked: "Well I may be going in or not be going in!"

And Richard gestured to his co-host Susanna and said: "You may! But they haven't named you in the papers."

"Well, it's about time they did," Susanna said, which was met with laughter in the studio. "Right, OK. I might be going in, I may not be going in. There we go."

Richard laughed and said: "Well, I checked with ITV and what they said it this; basically quite a few 'names' are linked to the programme at this point each year."

Susanna then added that EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt has also been rumoured to be heading into the Welsh castle this year.

"Adam from Eastenders has been tipped, Arlene Philips has been tipped," Richard continued. "And ITV quite like its people not to confirm or deny because I could be a hare that's running the race or I could not be, I could be a distraction and that, I'm afraid, is where I have to leave it."

It comes after reports claimed that I'm A Celeb producers "have long targeted" Richard to take part and now he has finally agreed.

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An insider told The Sun: "Richard’s been asked year after year but the timing has never been right. But now, finally, he’s said ‘Yes’.

"He’s a favourite with ITV execs. He’s brilliant off and on screen so it seemed as good a time as any to throw caution to the wind and eat animal bits.

"He’s a fantastic coup and a nailed-on fan favourite. Once you wind him up, off he goes — he will make for castle gold."

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