I’m A Celebrity 2021’s Richard Madeley opens up on terrifying hospital dash after shock exit

I’m A Celebrity's Richard Madeley has revealed he started ‘talking nonsense’ being taken to hospital.

I'm A Celebrity's Richard Madeley is seen outside his North London home after leaving the show
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I’m A Celebrity’s Richard Madeley left show fans shocked and more than a little concerned after it was revealed he’d been rushed to hospital and now the presenter has got candid about this terrifying moment.

Good Morning Britain star Richard Madeley was fast becoming a camp favourite as part of the I’m A Celebrity 2021 line-up, but within days his time on the hit reality show was abruptly brought to an end. I’m A Celebrity is on every night, but fans tuning in on November 25th might’ve been confused about why the ITV star wasn’t alongside his fellow cast-members. It emerged that presenter Richard Madeley had to leave the show after being hospitalized.

Now Richard has opened up to hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain about the moment he had to go to hospital, describing it as “disturbing”. 

"I think what happened to me was I got dehydrated. I think that's all it was, but dehydration—if anyone has ever suffered from it—is actually quite disturbing,” he explained. Richard then went on to detail just how this affected him, revealing that at one point he even started talking “nonsense”.

He said, "Basically, I think I'd been up for about 20 hours the day before and the day before that. We were having very, very long days and sleeping quite late. We don't have watches in there, but I don't think I got to bed before four, four thirty in the morning and I knew I was feeling thirsty,” he stated.

Richard continued, "I'm quite bad at remembering to drink actually, to drink water, and I actually snuggled into my sleeping bag and it was freezing, I thought, 'Ah I haven't had a big drink for a while, oh I'll do it when I wake up,' and the next thing I knoe I was sitting there babbling.” 

“I don't know, I was just talking nonsense," he added. “I woke up, I didn't know where I was, what was going on and I could hardly string a sentence together. And you know, as it turned out, it was harmless, there was nothing wrong. I went to the hospital, everything was normal, I had all the tests...I had bloods and all the rest of it. I got a 100% clean bill of health.”

“They were happy for me to go back in. By then, I'd had a cup of tea and a drink of water and I was back on the rails. But ITV has a proper duty of care and if you've got somebody sitting in that castle, talking nonsense at four thirty in the morning—well, that's typical of me anyway—they've gotta check it out,” he said. 

I’m A Celebrity’s Richard Madeley’s exit from the show came as he wrote an emotional post to fans, explaining the situation and insisting that he was feeling “absolutely fine”. 

He shared that he was “gutted” to be leaving so soon, but that due to breaking the show's strict "Covid-19 bubble" he’s unable to re-join his campmates at Gwrych Castle, where I’m A Celebrity 2021 returned to in Wales to film this series.

Richard also delved into this side of things during his Good Morning Britain appearance, stating, "If I had gone back in, having spent two hours out in the real world, you know, with hospital porters and all the rest of it, and had I taken the bug back in, it would’ve killed the show."

“It would’ve spread very, very quickly and the show would’ve been off air. Not because of the storm [Storm Arwen], but because of me," he added. “I don’t blame them [I’m A Celebrity producers] at all. They had to follow the protocol.”

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.


Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.


In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com. 


After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!