Katie Price ‘set for I’m A Celeb return’ after bosses’ nerves to have her back

Katie Price is rumoured to be making a return to I'm A Celebrity.

The 45-year-old former glamour model first shot to fame in 2004 on the third season of the ITV reality show, where she met her future husband, pop singer Peter Andre. She had another go at the show in 2009 but left after a week as viewers voted for her to face every trial.

Despite wanting to return to the jungle for years, show bosses have consistently turned her down. However, it's now said that ITV chiefs are considering bringing the mum-of-five back into the limelight by offering her a spot on the upcoming second All Stars season of the show.

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The spin-off show, I'm A Celebrity: South Africa, is expected to return in 2024. The pre-recorded show sees celebs return to camp to try and win the jungle crown. Unlike the series that films in Australia, the viewing public can't participate as the series films months before it airs and doesn't include a public vote.

An insider spilled to The Sun: "Bosses were nervous to cast Katie in the first All Stars as they wanted to play it safe with names who wouldn't do or say anything too controversial. But while the show did well enough in the ratings to earn a second run, it didn't have the same impact as the regular show as a lot of viewers didn't like the pre-recorded format or lack of public vote."

"They want to make a bigger splash this time by bringing back some of the bigger, more divisive characters from I'm A Celeb history, and Katie is high on the wish list. Love her or hate her, people can't stop talking about her and that's the kind of draw card the South Africa series was lacking last time around." ITV has been approached for comment by Daily Star.

The first season of I'm A Celebrity: South Africa aired between April and May this year – having been filmed in September and October 2022. The series was won by Myleene Klass, who had previously appeared on the sixth season of the show in 2006 where she finished in second place.

The show pulled in considerable viewing figures – with over six million watching the launch show. However, the viewership dropped to less than five million by the finale – with many viewers panning the show for not including audience votes. In contrast, the most recent main season of I'm A Celeb pulled in over 10 million viewers at launch, and ended with over eight million in the finale – which was considered a ratings disappointment compared to previous seasons.

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A source spilled the beans about more jungle fun, revealing: "Show chiefs feel that there is plenty of scope to do more. They have more than 200 ex-campmates to choose from – there could even be certain themes such as all-male, villains, or jungle shower legends."

"It was very much commissioned as a one-off so talks about how and when it could return are only just beginning, but ITV wanted to preserve the format for the future. It definitely wouldn't be a yearly occurrence, but a format to revisit periodically."

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