Ten has confirmed that I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here will return next year for the third season.
Hosts Julia Morris and Chris Brown will travel back to the South African jungle to host the show which boasts heartfelt moments, spectacular challenges and stomach-churning trials.
Julia Morris said: “The thought of returning to Africa for a third season of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is exciting me so much that I am really trying not to wish the rest of this year away. “My Darling Doctor and I are hanging to return to our luxurious jungle paradise to watch the poor celebrities battle it out with various predators… there may be some animals there too.”
Chris Brown said: “For me, this show is all about pushing celebrities way out of their comfort zone in the knowledge that on the way back we’ll see the most special and unexpected side to them. I can’t wait to see who’ll be the next Marcia Brady [Maureen McCormick], Freddie Flintoff, Chrissie Swan, Barry Hall or Brendan Fevola who surprise us with their endurance, their good humour and their life transformation in one of the harshest environments on earth. “Speaking of which, being reunited with my co-host Julia Morris both excites and terrifies me. In Africa, I’ve been charged by rhinos, fended off hyenas with Masai warriors and even being leapt at by lions, but nothing is as unpredictable as sharing that treehouse studio with my jungle accomplice, Julia Morris. And I can’t wait to hear those jungle drums calling us back there again in 2017.”
The first and second seasons of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! on TEN proved a hit with viewers and saw a plethora of local and international celebrities enter the jungle. In the first two seasons, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff, Maureen McCormick, Barry Hall, Merv Hughes, Chrissie Swan, Julie Goodwin, Joel Creasey, Laurina Fleure, Brendan Fevola, Anthony Callea, Paul “The Chief” Harragon, Val Lehman, Jo Beth Taylor and Shane Warne were just some of the celebrities vying to win money for their selected charity and the glory of being crowned King or Queen of the Jungle.
Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff proved a force to be reckoned with in the inaugural season. He overcame hunger, personal demons, homesickness, creepy crawlies and countless Bush Tucker Trials to be crowned the King of the Jungle. Season 2 saw former AFL player Brendan Fevola reign victorious. The father of three opened up in the jungle about the time he spent in rehab for drinking, gambling and depression, and in a grand gesture, donated half of his winnings to runner-up Paul Harragon’s charity, the Mark Hughes Foundation.
Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “In just two years, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has become a key part of our schedule and must-watch family entertainment television for many Australians. “We are delighted to announce it will return in 2017.
We are equally delighted to welcome back Julia and Chris, who are without doubt one of the best and most entertaining hosting teams on television. We’ve started our search for celebrities to send in the jungle and we know Australians are going to be surprised and fascinated by the jungle crew we are lining up,” she said.
“Earlier this year, Season 2 of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! captured Australia’s imagination and engaged with people across multiple screens for the second year in a row. “In March, more than 1.6 million Australians tuned in to watch Brendan Fevola crowned the King of the Jungle.
The series average television audience for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! increased 7% on 2015,” Ms McGarvey said. “The second season proved an online and social media phenomenon during its six-week run, with more than 8 million Twitter impressions and 4.6 million video segment views on tenplay an increase of 20% on 2015.”