I’m a Celebrity: Producer reveals the star he regrets casting on the show

The executive producer of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! has revealed the one celebrity he regrets casting on the show.

ITV Studios’ Alex Mavroidakis told the TV Reload podcast he regretted casting Hollywood gossip blogger Perez Hilton in 2020, saying he simply ‘wasn’t the right fit’.

Mr Mavroidakis said he’d hoped to recreate the success Perez, 42, had had during his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother UK in 2015.

Regrets: The executive producer of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has admitted he regrets casting Hollywood gossip blogger Perez Hilton (pictured) on the show last year

Regrets: The executive producer of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has admitted he regrets casting Hollywood gossip blogger Perez Hilton (pictured) on the show last year 

‘Perez Hilton we put in the jungle thinking that he would bring a lot of celebrity gossip, which he did, thinking that he would be a different person to the person that went into the English Big Brother house,’ he explained.

‘In hindsight, [he] probably wasn’t the right fit for an Australian audience.’

Perez made no secret of his disdain for I’m a Celebrity after appearing on last year’s season.

Regrets: In an interview with the TV Reload podcast on Saturday, Alex Mavroidakis (pictured) confessed Perez simply 'wasn't the right fit' for I'm a Celebrity

Regrets: In an interview with the TV Reload podcast on Saturday, Alex Mavroidakis (pictured) confessed Perez simply ‘wasn’t the right fit’ for I’m a Celebrity

Following his controversial exit from the show, Perez told 10 Daily in January last year: ‘I could not run faster out of there!’  

As he sprinted out of the camp, the American socialite told his co-stars: ‘Adios. It was a pleasure meeting most of you. Bye-bye!’

Viewers branded Perez ‘rude’ and ‘disrespectful’ on Twitter soon after his departure.

The feeling is mutual! Perez made no secret of his disdain for I'm a Celebrity after appearing on last year's season

The feeling is mutual! Perez made no secret of his disdain for I’m a Celebrity after appearing on last year’s season

Hated At First Sight: Perez later slammed his I'm a Celebrity co-star Ryan Gallagher (pictured) in a video on YouTube in January last year

Hated At First Sight: Perez later slammed his I’m a Celebrity co-star Ryan Gallagher (pictured) in a video on YouTube in January last year

‘Jeez, what a poor sport. Good riddance, Perez,’ one person tweeted at the time, while another wrote: ‘So bloody ungrateful and disrespectful.’

Perez later slammed his I’m a Celebrity co-star Ryan Gallagher in a video on YouTube in January last year.

‘He wants to be a comic, or he’s been doing some comedy. For almost all the time in the jungle he was constantly cracking jokes… it was exhausting,’ he said of the Married At First Sight star.

He added: ‘Ryan was on all the time. It was draining to be around.’

Ouch! 'He wants to be a comic, or he's been doing some comedy. For almost all the time in the jungle he was constantly cracking jokes… it was exhausting,' he said of the former MAFS star

Ouch! ‘He wants to be a comic, or he’s been doing some comedy. For almost all the time in the jungle he was constantly cracking jokes… it was exhausting,’ he said of the former MAFS star 

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