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EXCLUSIVE: I’m A Celeb Guards HUNT-DOWN Paparazzi Amid Security Fears

I’M A CELEB security bosses in North Wales were accused of “pursuing paparazzi” aggressively and intimidating reporters in blacked-out 4x4s” in an alleged attempt to stop spoilers being reported in the press, Politicalite can exclusively reveal.

A tabloid reporter told Politicalite that some of the hit ITV shows security detail followed him with full beam headlights on for 2.5 miles.” and claimed the area has been ‘locked down’ in a ‘No Fly Zone’ preventing drones from spying on the celebrity campmates.

I'm A Celeb stars arrive at Gwrych Castle under the cover of darkness in a huge convoy

“Security at the sight is high and when I was scouting earlier today 3 separate blacked out window cars were following and keeping an eye on me and one followed me aggressively as I left the site in my car.” added the veteran snapper.

NO FLY ZONE

Paparazzi also claimed Celeb castle went into a supposed ‘No Fly Zone’ on Friday at 2am.

“Their intention is to discourage drone flyers from flying above the site to avoid spoilers. However. The area is not restricted in any way.” added our source.

I'm A Celebrity castle protected by 40 security guards as roads surrounding Gwrych Castle close ahead of show launch

MASSIVE RATINGS

The 20th series of the smash-hit reality juggernaut kicked of on Sunday with a whopping 12 million viewers tuning in to the rebooted series based in Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

ITV denied the claims and told Politicalite: “The 20th series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here launched with a peak of 12m viewers tuning in to ITV to see Ant and Dec host the series from Wales for the first time.”

“Opening with an average of 10.9m across its slot from 9pm to 10.30pm, it drew the biggest audience for the show since the 2018 final.”

More than half the available TV audience – 51.9% – watched. This was an increase of a million viewers (+10%) compared with last year. It was the second biggest launch for the show since 2013 and the fifth biggest launch episode for the show ever.

The show was the fifth biggest programme on any channel so far this year (only beaten by the Queen’s Address and PM’s covid-related statements). Outside of news programmes, it is the biggest overnight audience on any channel since the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special on BBC One last year.

It drew I’m a Celebrity’s biggest ever share of 16-34 viewers with 77%, attracting an average of 2.7m viewers with a peak of 3m. It is also the biggest share for this demographic on any channel so far this year. For volume, it’s the fourth biggest 16-34 audience on any channel so far this year.

It was the biggest 16-34 audience on ITV since the IAC 2018 launch and second biggest since the England World Cup Semi-Final in 2018.

I’m A Celeb airs nightly on ITV at 9pm until the final on Friday 4 December.

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