Explaining what happened, Madeley said on Instagram: “I’m absolutely fine. I began to feel unwell in the wee hours of the morning and was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
“By leaving the camp I had consequently broken the Covid ‘bubble’ and as such I had to leave the castle and all the great celebrities who are left behind in the camp.
“Of course I am sorry that I have to leave so soon, but the safety of all camp mates is the number one priority. I’m incredibly excited to see how their journey continues… even more so at the prospect of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me during my short but completely unforgettable adventure. I made great friends and honestly had the time of my life.”
Madeley was one of the bookies’ favorites to win the show.
An ITV spokesperson said: “Our strict Covid protocols mean that unfortunately Richard has had to leave the show as he is no longer in the bubble that the celebrities form when entering the castle. He really has been a brilliant camp mate and we thank him for his part in this series.”
Backlash About Using Invasive Crayfish
Separately, the show’s creators avoided prosecution last year for using invasive crayfish in a challenge, outraging environmentalists.
The Center for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science said it had decided not to prosecute after the program used Turkish crayfish in the 2020 series, which was filmed in Wales.
Jon Hulland, senior fish health inspector, said: “In accordance with our enforcement policy, the company responsible for the animals has been issued a formal warning as prosecution would not have been appropriate in this case.
“We continue to work with the team at I’m A Celebrity and other partner government agencies regarding this year’s show and are currently pleased that such a crime will not be repeated.”
Matt Shardlow, the chief executive of the invertebrates charity Buglife, said: “We are disappointed that the blatant disregard for biosecurity that paraded on national TVs during ‘I’m a Celebrity…in 2020’ did not result in a prosecution. and condemnation.
“It seems that when it comes to environmental crime, ignorance can be an excuse.”
ITV was approached for comment.