I’m A Celeb’s Richard Madeley says he’s looking forward to the trials as he likes snakes

Richard Madeley is heading into the I’m A Celebrity castle feeling fearless, admitting he’s actually looking forward to doing the Bushtucker Trials.

In fact, he’s gone so far as to say that he “quite likes” snakes as they feel like a “massage”.

The TV presenter, who has replaced Piers Morgan as co-host of Good Morning Britain, is joining the star-studded line up for this year’s series of the hit ITV contest held in the Gwrych castle in North Wales.

When asked if he’s excited about getting stuck into them, Richard told OK!: “Yes I am! I’ve done a snake challenge in a coffin before (for the ITV2 spin off show in Australia) with lots of snakes being introduced and to be quite honest, I am lucky. I quite like snakes!”

The 65 year old then added: “When they are gliding across you, it is like getting a massage!”

It comes after he pleaded viewers to vote for him.

"I really hope I do get voted for the Trials. The thing about this programme is you mustn’t go into it if you take yourself remotely seriously. I don’t and I am thoroughly looking forward to being covered in god knows what!" he previously said.

“You have to be prepared for people to laugh and I see this as a bl**dy great romp of fun!”

However, while he may not have a fear of snakes, he admitted he's not so keen on heights.

“I don’t like heights though and what bothers me the most is the route into the Castle. Maybe I will have to walk a plank over a 150 foot open space," he explained.

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“I am not looking forward to that at all and I know my head could say ‘do it’ and my body could freeze!”

Richard will be following in the footsteps of his son-in-law James Haskell, who took part in the show two years ago.

On whether the rugby ace has given him any tips, Richard said, "James hasn't given me any advice, because as he pointed out, it would be useless."

He added: "It will be a different camp, and I plan to just take each day as it comes."

Richard also admitted that he consulted with his wife Judy on whether he should participate in the show.

"Judy and I talked about it, and we realised we couldn't find a reason for me not to do it. I slept on the offer, and when I woke up the next day, I found myself feeling really excited that I was going to say yes," he said.

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