I’M A Celebrity’s campmates are subject to a series of strict rules – many of which viewers don’t know the first thing about.
Royal expert Jennie Bond, who came runner-up in the third series of the show in 2003, has told The Sun what really goes on in camp.
The TV host, 72, exclusively revealed some surprising revelations about camp dynamics that fans of the show do not ever see or hear about.
Speaking to The Sun, the former BBC journalist opened up about the routine in camp as producers would wake the stars up with a loudspeaker and they were never allowed to know the time.
Jennie spilled: “You get woken up by some loud speaker at some unearthly hour. And then you’ve got hours and hours and hours and hours to do nothing.”
She added: “You’re not allowed to know what time it is.”
Although she eventually lost out to Kerry Katona, who became the first ever Queen of the Jungle.
When asked if she enjoyed her time in the jungle, Jennie also exclusively revealed to The Sun that the stars would actively seek to do the trials.
The star explained that to get away from the campfire, where they would be stuck for hours on end, quarrels would even erupt in camp as stars want to participate in the critter filled tasks.
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She spilled: “With trials, this causes a lot of conflict within the camp actually, and I think particularly with action men like Mike, because it’s incredibly boring, the days are so long.
“Unless you are voted to do a trial, which you know, may be quite unpleasant, but at least it gets you out and about for a few hours.”
During her stint in the jungle, Jennie took part in a variety of trials, which included the dreaded eating trial.
The celeb was forced to consume creatures such as a stick insect and, the now axed, witchetty grub in order to win meals for camp.
But Jennie revealed that despite some rumours that the campmates are given treats behind the scenes, they really are only given tiny morsels of food.
She explained: “I must say, I think it is the most real reality show that I know anything about.
“I really did imagine like so many people do, when you go in there that yeah, yeah, you say you’re starving and actually people say ‘Actually, you’re gonna get a cheese sandwich’ or something behind the scenes.”
She continued: “There was and there is nothing. And those portions of rice and beans are tiny. It’s not unlimited. It’s tiny.”
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She explained why the camp was in such disarray when Matt Hancock made the cooking faux pas as the stars really are as hungry behind the scenes as what they say on screen.
Jennie revealed: “When Matt Hancock burnt the rice, that’s a serious crime in there because you’ve reduced an already small portion to virtually nothing.”
The former BBC journalist also revealed that even though before they enter camp the stars are now kept in isolation, in the early editions of the show they not only met up with each other, but were given training in survival skills.
The 2004 runner-up added: “Actually before we got into the jungle, and we were off doing a little bit of training, you do that, how to start a fire and stuff like that.”