ITV axe I’m A Celebrity Extra Camp and ‘Adam Thomas is blaming himself’

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ITV have axed I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! spin off Extra Camp.

The sister show has been a staple on ITV2 for almost two decades, following on from the huge success of the main show.

In 2019 Extra Camp was fronted by Emily Atack, Joel Dommett and Adam Thomas – but will not return later this year as part of a major schedule shake-up at the channel.

According to sources, ITV decided to scrap the show after it became too expensive.

Comedian Joel Dommett confirmed the news on Instagram , claiming that producers had assured him, Emily and Adam that they weren’t the reason for the axing.

Joel also joked that Adam had even offered to present the show for free.

Joel Dommett, Emily Atack and Adam Thomas presented the show for its final run in 2019

Emily also filmed a video for her Instagram followers where she explained that the show had been cancelled due to ‘financial reasons’ beyond their control.

“Adam Thomas is blaming himself which is making p*** myself. It’s not you Adam” she cried.

Emily then shrugged and said: “It’s all good. It’s the way of the business.”

Former I’m A Celeb contestant Emily Atack said the axe was due to financial reasons
(Image: Instagram)
“Imagine your first ever presenting role on a show that’s been running for years… you do one show and it gets cancelled!!” laughed Adam Thomas

Her former co-host Adam then shared a post on his Instagram which read: “Ok so this isn’t awkward … imagine your first ever presenting role on a show that’s been running for years… you do one show and it gets cancelled!!

“u can’t write it haha aww not gonna lie wish I could have had another go at it… but that’s life! [sic].”

While Joel, who also appeared as a contestant on the main show first, said in a statement on his Instagram: “The time has unfortunately come to put Extra Camp to bed in its uncomfortable hammock.

“The show will no longer continue. It’s been a huge privilege to be a part a show with such a rich history filled with amazing hosts. The producers have assured me that @emilyatackofficial @adamthomas21and myself are not to blame.

Ant and Dec were regular faces on the show

“They said the show was better than ever and also that Joel is the sexiest presenter we have ever had (I wasn’t listening but it was something like that) – it is simply because it’s expensive given how late it’s on and the funds will be used in more prime time slots.

“I’ve told them that Adam will do it for free but the decision is made. Thank you to all the crew who have made this the most wonderful 3 years, you have shaped me as a person and presenter. I’ve learnt so much.

“Thank you to everyone for watching.”

Joel and Emily teamed up with Ryan Thomas to host the last series

A TV insider told The Sun “ITV have been discussing the future of Extra Camp for some time and it’s not a decision they’ve taken lightly as they are very fond of it.

“But bosses are focusing on growing ITV2’s prime-time offering on the channel and Extra Camp, sadly, isn’t a part of that.

“The show is quite expensive to make and, in the current climate, they’ve had to make a tough commercial decision.”

Joe Swash, Scarlett Moffatt, Holly Willoughby and Joel Dommett take on the Celebrity Cyclone for Extra Camp in 2018
(Image: James Gourley/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Extra Camp – which was previously called I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here… Now – became renowned for offering a comedic look at the events in the camp.

It has seen 17 line-up changes over the years, with the likes of Scarlett Moffatt, Stacey Solomon, Joe Swash and Vicky Pattison standing in to host the show.

As well as offering interviews with evicted campmates, various celebrities from back home would be flown in to offer their insight on jungle life live from Australia.

While some would even be asked to take part in recreations of the Bushtucker Trials.

Joel broke the news on Instagram and shared a picture of the 2019 crew
Joe Swash was the longest serving host
(Image: Supplied by WENN)

Former Jungle King Joe Swash will remain the longest serving presenter of Extra Camp.

He stood down after nine years last year, explaining he wanted to be at home with girlfriend Stacey and their baby son Rex.

“I don’t want to miss a second with Stacey and our amazing boys so 3 months in Australia just seems too much to bear this year,” he said in a statement.

In his final year Joe presented the show with fellow ex contestants Scarlett Moffatt and Joel Dommett.

The trio memorably completed the famous Celebrity Cyclone challenge with Holly Willoughby ahead of the final, that was eventually won by Harry Redknapp.

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