Grace Dent breaks silence after I’m A Celebrity exit

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Grace Dent spoken out about her exit from I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Show bosses announced this week that the food critic had left the show on ‘medical grounds.’

A show spokesperson said: “Unfortunately Grace Dent has left the show on medical grounds. She has been a great campmate and will be missed by her fellow celebrities and viewers alike.”

Grace Dent

Why did Grace Dent quit I’m A Celebrity?

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the decision for Grace to leave the show was “mutually agreed” between her and show bosses.

An insider alleged: “It was mutually agreed upon that she would stand down from the competition, it was clear that she wasn’t being herself, she had lost all energy when usually she’s witty and fun to be around.”

They explained: “ITV’s duty of care and welfare teams had stepped in, and rightly so.

“She had struggled since living in the camp with less amenities, the weather this year has been particularly miserable and as a restaurant critic, not eating well proved to be harder than she could have ever imagined.”

Grace spoke to her former camp mates in a letter.

Nick read aloud: “My Dear campmates, I’m so sorry to let you down. I have left the camp for medical reasons. My heart is broken, I have loved and enjoyed getting to know you all. You’ve held me up and it’s been a pleasure being your friend through this experience.

“Leaving you all at this stage will be one of the saddest things in my life. I love you all. Your friend, Miss Grace Dent.”

Grace speaks out

Now in a lengthy Instagram post, Grace has spoken out about her departure.

She wrote: “Thank you for the outpouring of love I’ve received since I was removed on Monday. I am overwhelmingly sad right now, but determined to keep alive in my heart the huge personal breakthroughs I made over the weeks.”

Grace added: “I hope I gave you all a smile. I didn’t go out as I planned or I wanted, but I did what I could, and I did it in a siren red gel manicure without chipping a nail. I didn’t cry when I took off my bra to find a family of mealworms living in the right cup. At some level, this *must* be an achievement.

“My plan is to recover…and when the adrenaline finally ebbs away, to make some serious plans for dinner.”

Who’s left in the jungle?

Further celebrities on 2023’s I’m A Celebrity line up currently include columnist and broadcaster Grace Dent, boxing champion Tony Bellew, Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson, Hollyoaks actor Nick Pickard, First Dates star Fred Sirieix and JLS star Marvin Humes.

They’re joined by This Morning star Josie Gibson, recently retired Italian jockey Frankie Dettori, EastEnders star Danielle Harold, US actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears, former politician Nigel Farage and social media star Nella Rose.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here continues every night on ITV1 at 9PM fronted by Ant & Dec.

2023’s famous faces will be parted from their celebrity lifestyle as they move home to the jungle in Australia with a whole host of surprises created just for them.

As always, viewers will see the celebs undertake gruelling trials to win food for camp. Finally, one of them is named this year’s King or Queen of the Jungle.

Grace Dent on I'm A Celebrity

The latest episode last night saw, Sam and Nella face the latest trial, Fishy Business. They had to answer questions by retrieving stars from tanks filled with sea creatures. Despite the daunting task, they performed admirably, securing 10 out of 12 stars.

New camp-mate Tony opened up about his boxing career, discussing the emotional control required in the sport and his experiences in the ring, particularly his fight against Usyk. He also touched on the life-saving decision by a referee in one of his matches.

Meanwhile, Nick and Frankie faced the Deals on Wheels task, attempting to fill milk bottles from a milk float. Despite initial struggles, they completed the task but later lost the dingo dollars due to a wrong answer in a camp quiz.

The episode concluded with Ant & Dec inviting viewers to vote for a camp leader.

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