I’m A Celebrity 2021: Can contestants quit and who has left before?

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Naughty Boy on I'm A Celebrity

Naughty Boy revealed that he has plans to walk (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Fans were left shocked when Naughty Boy revealed that he is considering leaving I’m A Celebrity 2021 after just two days.

After being picked by his rival team to take part in a challenge, and subsequently losing, the rapper and music producer – whose real name is Shahid Khan – told his teammates ‘I do think my time is done’.

Choreographer and Strictly Come Dancing legend Dame Arlene Phillips also revealed that she is tempted to waltz away from the castle for good.

But are contestants allowed to leave the show, and has anyone ever quit before?

Can contestants quit I’m A Celebrity?

Yes, contestants are allowed to quit the show.

However, in doing so, they reportedly risk a hefty cut to their pay cheque.

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Naughty Boy in a challenge

If Naughty Boy leaves, he risks a cut to his pay cheque (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

According to The Mirror, the stars have to stay in the jungle or the castle for 72 hours in order to receive their full pay.

This rule was highlighted in 2014, when reality star Gemma Collins claimed she had only been paid a cut of her original fee when she left the jungle after three days.

Following her exit from the show, Gemma revealed she was going to donate the £4,800 she made to Save The Children.

At the time, a spokesperson for Gemma responded released a statement saying: ‘The show is three weeks long and Gemma was in Australia for five days, therefore she will receive a percentage based on that.’

It was widely reported that ITV had signed Gemma up for the show for £100,000.

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Which contestants have quit I’m A Celebrity in past series?

As previously mentioned, Gemma Collins is one of the celebrities that dramatically quit the show.

Essex’s most iconic resident lasted just three days inside the jungle.

She left in a flood of tears, claiming that she just couldn’t go on.

However, not every celebrity exit was down to a diva temperament.

Just a day after Gemma quit, Red Dwarf actor Craig Charles was given the awful news that his brother had died overnight, so he left to come home and be with his family.

Gemma Collins cries on I'm A Celebrity

Gemma Collins left after just a few days (Picture: ITV)

The celebrity who spent the least time on the show before having to leave was former EastEnder Elaine Lordan from series 5, who collapsed twice on her first day.

Other celebrities who have exited the jungle before their time include:

  • Danniella Westbrook (Series 2)
  • John Lydon (Series 3)
  • Brian Harvey (Series 4)
  • Natalie Appleton (Series 4)
  • Kimberley Davies (Series 5)
  • Camilla Dallerup (Series 9)
  • Katie Price (Series 9)
  • George Hamilton (Series 9)
  • Nigel Havers (Series 10)
  • Freddie Starr (Series 11)
  • Brian Conley (Series 12)
  • Spencer Matthews (Series 15)
  • Lady Colin Campbell (Series 15)
  • Jack Maynard (2017)

The reasons behind their exits range from medical reasons to clashes with other campmates.

I’m A Celebrity 2021 continues tonight on ITV at 9pm.


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