ITV worried a SPIDER invasion will put stars off joining I'm A Celebrity 2017

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ITV is apparently worried that a spider infestation could put big name stars off taking part in I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2017.

After fifteen years, the reality show's contestants are well aware that they're likely to encounter eight-legged critters in the jungle.

However, there are concerns that the upcoming series could become overrun with venomous huntsman spiders.

According to the Daily Star, hundreds of the creatures have been found breeding near the show's set on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Bosses are now hoping that their star signings won't get cold feet at the prospect of sharing the camp with so many arachnids.

"They can’t believe their rotten luck," a show insider commented.

"Stars who sign up to the show expect to be given a fright, but there’s a limit for everyone.

"The bigger names are their biggest worry because they don’t need the money as much and won’t risk it. It is a disastrous situation to find themselves in with time running out."

There has been good news for ITV this week, however, as I'm A Celeb host Ant McPartlin continues his recovery.

Ant recently checked to a rehab clinic, and chiefs were reportedly prepared to offer him a year off work.

However, he is said to be in good spirits - and the Mirror reported yesterday that he's aiming to be out in four weeks, well in time for the show's return.

Earlier this year the Australian government urged the broadcaster to move I'm A Celebrity to a new island location.

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