Ben Shephard says someone made mistake with Richard Madeleys Im A Celeb exit

Richard Madeley left I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! on Thursday after falling ill and then breaking the Covid bubble, and his Good Morning Britain co-stars have revealed how "gutted" they are.

On Friday's episode of GMB, Ben Shephard spoke about the "devastating" news and said that he was "gutted" that Richard wasn't allowed back in to the Welsh Castle.

The presenter, 65, fell ill after taking part in a Bushtucker Trial this week and was later taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

However, due to ITV's strict coronavirus guidelines, he wasn't allowed back in as he had broken the cast Covid "bubble".

Addressing the news, Ben stated that it was a "mistake" to not let his co-star pal back in to Gwrych Castle.

Ben said: "It was short and sweet. It’s such a shame because Richard was the person who was trying to persuade the others not to leave and all of a sudden, he’s gone.

"It sounds like it was a bit of a Covid-19 protocol issue, he broke the bubble to go to hospital and then couldn’t go back in.

"I feel like someone’s made a bit of a mistake there.

"It’s such a shame though because he’s already been such an integral part of the show."

On Thursday, Richard confirmed his exit from the show, just four days after his experience started.

Richard said on Instagram: "Hello all! Richard here – firstly just to say that I’m absolutely fine. I started to feel briefly unwell in the small hours of the morning and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

"By leaving the camp, I had consequently broken the Covid ‘bubble’ and as such I’ve had to leave the castle and all the wonderful celebs that remain in the camp.

"Obviously I’m gutted to be leaving so soon but the safety of all the campmates is the number one priority."

He continued: "I’m incredibly excited to watch their journey continue…even more so at the prospect of being somewhere a little warmer than Gwrych Castle.

"Thank you to everyone who supported me on my brief but completely unforgettable adventure – I’ve made some great friends and honestly had the time of my life. Speak soon, Richard x."

His daughter, Chloe Madeley, also shared an update on Instagram about her dad and said he was "livid" over the decision.

She said: "Dad’s absolutely fine, we’ve been speaking to him all day and ultimately, he’s just livid he can’t go back in to camp because of Covid restrictions.

"He did himself proud, though. He worked hard and was his calm, collected, kind and funny self. We are so proud."

Good Morning Britain continues on weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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