How The Chase's Mark Labbett almost entered I'm A Celebrity himself

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The Chase's Mark Labbett has revealed he almost entered I'm A Celebrity himself in the past.

As his co-star Anne Hegerty settles into the jungle, Mark 'The Beast' Labbett has told how he was in talks to join the show previously.

In an appearance on ITV's Loose Women, Mark explained: "They interviewed me about two years ago and the big minus against me then was my weight.

"They were genuinely concerned that when they've had heavier celebrities on before - like Rayzor Ruddock and Colin Baker on there - they shut down with the lack of calories."

He added: "At that time I was 27 stone, now I'm down to 24 stone. It's a work in progress but hopefully by this time next year it will be like 21 or 22 stone. I know that's still big, but I'll be a bit more in condition for it."

Mark went on to reveal how he had been the one who encouraged Anne to say yes to the show.

"I kind of talked her into it," he admitted, before confessing he also voted for her to take on the last trial.

Anne scored just two stars in the task, which saw her covered in slime, fish guts and meal worms.

"I feel guilty that I voted for her," Mark said.

But he insisted: "I think she'll go a long way."

Also in the jungle this year are TV host Noel Edmonds, football manager Harry Redknapp, Corrie star Sair Khan, TV presenter Nick Knowles, singer Fleur East, popstar James McVey, Hollyoaks actor Malique Thompson-Dwyer, comedy actor Emily Atack, actor & entertainer John Barrowman MBE and actor Rita Simons.

I'm A Celebrity 2018 continues nightly at 9PM on ITV.

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