Richard Madeley has opened up about his fellow I'm a Celebrity campmate Naughty Boy, who has received considerable backlash from viewers after struggling in the camp, including going to bed early after his fellow campmates made dinner when he wanted to, falling out with Frankie Bridge over rice, and threatening to leave the show after tensions rose during his stay in the 'camp clink'.
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Richard has opened up about his time on the show since being forced to leave after leaving the COVID bubble for a brief hospital stay, and opened up about Naughty Boy. Writing about his experience on The Telegraph, he said: "Who will win? It’s anybody’s game, but I’d feel surer saying who won’t. Naughty Boy has been complaining, and misses his mum.
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"He has his reasons, but from the outside that looks pathetic; viewers never like a moaner. Arlene is suffering a bit, too. She’s cold, and longs to see her daughters, so I’m not sure she’ll be long for it either."
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Viewers have taken to Twitter to discuss Naughty Boy's time on the show, with one writing: "I'm sure he is a nice boy but he is very touchy bless him," while another added: "Don’t know why everyone’s begging naughty boy to stay. He’s threatened to go so many times just let him."
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A third person wrote: "I feel for him, i think he lacks confidence and might struggle with mental health - this is probably not the right environment for him, but i certainly don't have a single bad word to say about him. He's harmless."
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Even Ant and Dec have poked fun at the situation, with Ant pretending to read scripts for the upcoming shows, saying: "Hello...welcome to I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! where Naughty Boy is thinking about leaving." Dec chimed in: "There you go, exciting stuff."
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