His TV show Family Fortunes ended in 2015, but Vernon Kay could be set to return to our TV screens on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Tess Daly’s husband, Vernon, is said to have signed a huge £250K deal to star on this year’s series of I’m A Celeb.
It will see the father-of-two jet Down Under to face the show’s infamous Bushtucker Trials, led by TV legends Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
According to The Mirror, an insider said, “Everyone’s so pleased to have Vernon on board, he’s a lovely guy, full of down-to-earth northern charm and perfect for the show.”
The show will coincide with Tess, 51, hosting Strictly Come Dancing alongside best pal Claudia Winkleman. Although the logistics of that are still being confirmed to ensure the BBC show abides by covid-19 restrictions.
This year’s series of Strictly will be two weeks shorter than previous years and start two weeks later than normal to allow for the professional dancers to isolate between filming the group dances and starting training with their celebrity partners.
According to The Sun, a show insider said, “BBC bosses were adamant they would do anything to keep their biggest show on air, and this proves that.
“But they’ve decided that pushing it back gives them more time to get stuff pre-recorded safely, and more time to iron out any other issues.”
It is also thought fewer celebrities will take part to make sure the final can still air in its pre-Christmas TV slot. All the group dances will be pre-recorded, with the professionals isolating in a hotel together for the duration of filming for that.
An insider said: “Once all group numbers are recorded in August, the pro dancers must spend two weeks isolating before the next stage.”
While some people have struggled with life in lockdown, Vernon has taken some positives from the situation and has enjoyed spending more time with his wife and two kids, Phoebe and Amber.
He recently said, “The positive thing is that it’s enabled us as a family to really get to know each other even better than you would as a family.
“When you think about it when you’re in a relationship, a working relationship, you wake up, you go to work, you get back and you have your dinner, kids doing their homework, you go to bed.”
What a lovely way to see it!