Michael Buerk's wife has assured I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here fans that he will not be leaving the jungle any time soon. Christine Buerk has spoken from the Palazzo Versace hotel in Australia to remind viewers that the veteran newsman has been in far more challenging environments.
"Michael isn't a quitter. I don't see him walking out. He's been in worse places," said the 68-year-old in the lounge of the hotel where she is staying Down Under.
"He's been shot at, he's been gassed, he's been blown up in an ammunition dump explosion, he's seen a sound guy die, he’s seen a cameraman lose his arm."
"I don't see him walking out" says Michael's wife Christine
She continued: "He's been in real reality situations that have been very tough. I would be really, really surprised if he broke."
Christine admitted that the jungle is trying, but nothing that her husband – a long-serving journalist and presenter – can't handle: "It's a strange environment, but he's worked in all types of environments in the past.
"He was a foreign correspondent for many years and a lot of people only seem to remember him presenting the news – but he was out in the field for years before he did the presentation job. He’s been in a lot of tough places."
I'm A Celebrity saw two contestants leave shortly after the show's new series had taken off.
Christine is currently in Australia while her husband in in the jungle
Gemma Collins left after an emotional rollercoaster and reaching "rock bottom". The TOWIE star had struggled to cope with life in camp since the beginning of the show, and decided to quit after just three days.
Craig Charles, meanwhile, exited unexpectedly after the tragic death of his brother Dean. An ITV spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement. "Craig decided to leave the IAC camp earlier today (Thursday) and will be heading back to his family in the UK," it read. "We send our sincere condolences to Craig and his family."
Shortly after Craig’s departure it was reported that Michael was set to walk and that he "deeply regretted" signing up to appear on the ITV programme.