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Meet I’m a Celebrity 2021 contestant Richard Madeley

Meet I’m a Celebrity 2021 contestant Richard Madeley
Richard Madeley: Age and wife Judy Finnigan

Richard Madeley has finally joined Je suis une célébrité… Sortez-moi d'ici! after years of being rumoured to appear.

The broadcaster, 65, was named as part of the initial line-up of the 2021 séries, which kicks off on Sunday (21 novembre).

Madeley is best known for being one-half of presenting duo Richard and Judy alongside his wife Judy Finnigan, whom he’s been married to for 35 années. They have two children.

They hosted several shows together, comprenant Ce matin and Channel 4 chat show Richard & Judy.

Madeley branched off on his own to become a stand-in presenter for shows including The Wright Stuff et Bonjour la Grande-Bretagne.

Speaking about his forthcoming stint on Je suis une célébrité, Madeley said: “Up until now, I’ve always been perfectly happy watching as a viewer but recently, I realised Je suis une célébrité is no longer just a TV programme. It’s become part of the fabric of British life and part of the countdown to Christmas.

“It suddenly hit me that everyone talks about it the next day and I wondered what it would be like to be there rather than watching. I realised the time had come to experience it.”

Richard Madeley is taking part in ‘I’m a Celebrity… Sortez-moi d'ici!»

Madeley, who is currently the favourite to do the first Bushtucker Trial, said he “really hopes” he gets to do them.

“The thing about this programme is you mustn’t go into it if you take yourself remotely seriously," il a dit. “I don’t and I am thoroughly looking forward to being covered in god knows what!

“You have to be prepared for people to laugh and I see this as a bloody great romp of fun!"

Other celebrities taking part in this year’s series include Saturdays po singer Pont Frankie, soap star Danny Miller and footballer David Ginola.

Find the full list of contestants ici.