I'm A Celebrity bosses 'axe twelfth star after landing Noel Edmonds'

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I’m A Celebrity bosses ‘AXE 12th campmate after spending a whopping £600k on Noel Edmonds’

  • A source told The Sun that ITV bosses decided against a twelfth campmate after blowing their budget to land Noel Edmonds 
  • Producers have reportedly spent more than usual to land some of their biggest names yet, including £500,000 on football manager Harry Redknapp 
  • Noel is yet to be officially confirmed as joining the show. but has been rumoured to be a late addition for several weeks 
  • This will be the first time I’m A Celebrity has had just 11 campmates since 2007

I’m A Celebrity bosses have reportedly axed plans for a twelfth campmate after blowing their budget on a £600,000 salary for Noel Edmonds.

A source told The Sun that the veteran TV presenter was a costly feat for ITV, and so they have decided against signing anyone else as a late addition.

Speculation and excitement continues to mount for the high profile signing as fans prepare for the reported arrival of the Deal Or No Deal legend.

Big money: I'm A Celebrity bosses have reportedly axed plans for a twelfth campmate after blowing their budget on a £600,000 salary for Noel Edmonds

Big money: I’m A Celebrity bosses have reportedly axed plans for a twelfth campmate after blowing their budget on a £600,000 salary for Noel Edmonds

The source said: ‘Bosses for I’m A Celebrity spent so much on signing Noel for the show that there’s only 11 contestants planned this year.

‘They have really pushed the boat out and splashed the cash more than ever before – meaning a change to the format had to be made.

‘Harry Redknapp and Noel cost over £1million between the two of them and they’ve spent good money on the likes of Nick Knowles and Rita Simons too.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for I’m A Celebrity for comment.

Expensive: A source told The Sun that the veteran TV presenter was a costly feat for ITV - along with Harry Redknapp's £500k salary - and so they have decided against signing anyone else

Expensive: A source told The Sun that the veteran TV presenter was a costly feat for ITV – along with Harry Redknapp’s £500k salary – and so they have decided against signing anyone else

Flying high: 'Harry Redknapp and Noel cost over £1million between the two of them and they've spent good money on the likes of Nick Knowles and Rita Simons too'

Flying high: ‘Harry Redknapp and Noel cost over £1million between the two of them and they’ve spent good money on the likes of Nick Knowles and Rita Simons too’

 Not around: Noel failed to join camp-mates such as Harry Redknapp and Nick Knowles during the launch on Sunday, though he has always been rumoured as a late addition

 Not around: Noel failed to join camp-mates such as Harry Redknapp and Nick Knowles during the launch on Sunday, though he has always been rumoured as a late addition

Big money: It was previously reported that the veteran TV presenter - who has not yet been officially confirmed - would earn a staggering £600,000 for his stint in the Australian jungle

Big money: It was previously reported that the veteran TV presenter – who has not yet been officially confirmed – would earn a staggering £600,000 for his stint in the Australian jungle

It was previously reported that the veteran TV presenter – who has not yet been officially confirmed – would earn a staggering £600,000 for his stint in the Australian jungle, the highest ever for a contestant. 

According to celebrity PR guru Ed Hopkins, several of this year’s campmates could easily earn six figures for their time on the show.

Sources told The Sun: ‘Bosses for I’m A Celebrity have been trying to sign Noel for years. He’s their dream signing…

Top dollar: It comes after Harry Redknapp was previously believed to be the highest paid campmate, after he was reportedly offered £500,000 to take part in the show

Top dollar: It comes after Harry Redknapp was previously believed to be the highest paid campmate, after he was reportedly offered £500,000 to take part in the show

‘They have really pushed the boat out this year in terms of signings and have spent more than ever before.’ 

This means Noel would beat out the second-highest earner Harry Redknapp, who will reportedly earn £500,000 for a stint on the show.

The legendary football manager was previously believed to be the highest paid campmate ever, but has now been pipped to the post.

Harry – whose son is Jamie Redknapp – has a free schedule after he was sacked as manager of Birmingham City Football Club in 2017. 

Big earner: Nick Knowles is allegedly being paid around £200,000 to enter the jungle, as bosses were believed to have raised his fee in a bid to get the DIY SOS frontman to sign up

Big earner: Nick Knowles is allegedly being paid around £200,000 to enter the jungle, as bosses were believed to have raised his fee in a bid to get the DIY SOS frontman to sign up

Meanwhile DIY SOS frontman Nick Knowles is to be paid around £200,000 for taking part in the show, after bosses offered him a higher figure in a bid to get him signed on.

Nick was one of the first celebrities to be rumoured as part of this year’s lineup, as it was reported at the time producers had been given a slightly bigger budget than usual in a bid to land some top names. 

John Barrowman meanwhile could also net six figures for his time in the jungle, and is reportedly set to earn between £120,000 to £200,000.

The actor was unveiled as a surprise tenth campmate when the official lineup was announced on last week, and many fans were thrilled to see him take part thanks to parts in shows such as Doctor Who and Arrow.

Legend: John Barrowman has reportedly been paid between £120,000 and £200,000, thanks to his large fanbase and veteran acting career

Legend: John Barrowman has reportedly been paid between £120,000 and £200,000, thanks to his large fanbase and veteran acting career

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