Gwrych Castle bosses have said they would “always welcome” I’m a Celebrity back in response to the latest reports.
The comment comes following speculation that it is looking even more likely that the ITV series will return to North Wales.
The latest reports mention comments made by the Prime Minister of Australia on Facebook recently.
In a post last week, Scott Morrison said that “international borders will only open when it is safe to do so.”
It’s been further reported that tourism isn’t expected to resume in the Commonwealth country until 2022.
This has led to speculation that this year’s I’m a Celebrity is now more likely to return to Gwrych Castle in Abergele.
And earlier this morning, Richard Arnold appeared to fuel this speculation, as reported by the Daily Star.
During an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he discussed the upcoming instalment of the series.
Asked if it would return to the jungle this year, he said: “No, because the borders are shut until 2022.”
North Wales Live however understands that no decisions have been made yet and that the reality series could still return to Australia, though this is of course subject to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
A show source told us: “No decisions have been made regarding the location for the new series and there are contingencies and plans in place for all possible options.”
As previously reported, the castle in Wales remains an alternative if the show can’t return to Australia. Presenters Ant and Dec have revealed that they would be happy to return to Abergele if necessary.
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A spokesperson for Gwrych Castle said: “We would always welcome any return to Wales and wish the series every success as it navigates such difficult circumstances caused by the pandemic.”
ITV was approached for comment on the speculation surrounding the location of the upcoming series.
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