I’m A Celebrity’s Kiosk Kev ‘replaced’ by Welsh counterpart amid ITV series revamp

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ITV viewers will be able to tune into the first episode of the new-look I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! on Sunday night, as the famous faces take to the makeshift jungle of Gwrych Castle. The show has had to relocate for its 20th series due to the coronavirus outbreak which has meant a number of other changes have had to take place, meaning some well-known faces will be absent, including Kiosk Kev.

This year will feature a number of shake-ups as the show series heads to the UK for the first time. 

Of course, fans are used to seeing the campmates bask in the winter sunshine of the Australian outback as the escape the plummeting UK temperatures.

But this year, the celebrities will need to wrap up warm as they head to the grounds of Gwrych Castle, North Wales. 

And due to the location change, there have been certain regular fixtures on the series who won’t be able to feature. 

For example, Medic Bob – who has been on the programme since 2002 – won’t be appearing, as usual, this year.

Now, it’s been reported Kiosk Kev, who is played by Australian Mark Herlaar, won’t feature either.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, travel restrictions between the UK and Australia remain which has sparked the change.

Instead, the new equivalent will be named Kiosk Cledwyn, who will guide the campmates through their daily new-look Dingo Dollar challenges. 

The inspiration comes from former local politician Cledwyn Hughes and will reportedly be on-screens from next week. 

“Obviously flying Kiosk Kev, who is played by a farmer called Mark Herlaar, to the UK was a no-go so they’ve cast Kiosk Cledwyn.

“The name is a bit of an in-joke and is a nod to Cledwyn, who was the Secretary of State for Wales in the late Sixties,” explained a source.

Explaining the new shake-up, the source added to The Sun: “The task is now known as the Castle Coin Challenge and will be just as difficult as before.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative from ITV for comment on the reports.

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Luckily, most of the series will be remaining the same, with Ant and Dec continuing in their hosting duties. 

The full line-up for the programme was announced last weekend with stars coming from an array of different backgrounds.

Soap fans will be thrilled to see two former EastEnders stars in the form of Shane Richie and Jessica Plummer as well Coronation Street legend Beverley Callard.

Elsewhere, Olympic and Paralympic gold-medallists Mo Farah and Hollie Arnold will both be entering the makeshift jungle.

Other stars to take part include former Strictly Come Dancing professional AJ Pritchard and BBC journalist Victoria Derbyshire. 

Vernon Kay, Jordan North and Giovanna Fletcher complete the billing for this year’s slightly shorter series, with the latter the current favourite to win the series alongside Shane at 7/2 odds.

“Giovanna Fletcher is proving popular in our betting before she has even stepped foot on the I’m A Celeb camp. 

“The best-selling author has been tipped by many people close to her to a big hit on the show this year,” said Coral’s John Hill.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! returns Sunday at 9pm on ITV. 

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