I'm A Celeb's Arlene Phillips becomes first campmate to be eliminated from ITV's 2021 series

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! has seen its first contestant, Arlene Phillips, eliminated from Gwrych Castle.

The 78 year old, whose daughters recently said they weren’t “embarrassed” to have an older mum, received the fewest votes from the public on Sunday, 5 December, making her the first to leave from the 2021 series.

Speaking to hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 46, on her departure from the popular ITV programme, she shared: “In a way relieved, I wanna see my family. But emotional because of everything this has been, the highs and the lows.

“It’s something in my life I never imagined I would be doing and it’s been extraordinary.”

I'm A Celeb's Arlene Phillips becomes first campmate to be eliminated from ITV's 2021 series
© ITV Arlene Phillips is the first celebrity eliminated from I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

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When asked why she went on the show to begin with, she shared: “Actually it’s two things, there’s my granddaughters. I grew up afraid of snakes – anything that moved – and I passed this on to my daughters.

“But I was determined I was not going to pass this on to my granddaughter. Which made me think about fear. This programme, which I’ve watched for so long, is about overcoming fear.

“One of the bravest, bravest girls I know is a little girl called Lilly, who has just won the Scottish Pride of Britain Awards for teenager of courage.

I'm A Celeb's Arlene Phillips becomes first campmate to be eliminated from ITV's 2021 series
© ITV Arlene spoke about her time on the programme

“And she’s so fearless and I thought, ‘Here am I afraid of so many things, what better way can you push yourself than to do something like this?’

“Face your fears.”

Before entering the camp, the star spoke of her biggest fears about the cold destination and gruelling Bushtucker Trials that awaited her.

Speaking to OK! in an exclusive interview, she said: “All I can say is that I am the biggest coward in the world.

“I’m not courageous! Every time I watch the show, I absolutely admire those people who fearlessly enter into it. I’m the type of person who holds back.”

I'm A Celeb's Arlene Phillips becomes first campmate to be eliminated from ITV's 2021 series
© ITV Arlene said she’s the

Earlier in the episode, viewers saw Naughty Boy joined by Matty Lee in the Bucktucker trial, which saw them covered in red slime.

The two celebrities were placed inside a roulette box where Ant and Dec told them they would be covered in an outpouring of the gooey slime.

However, while the music producer and Olympian were covered in buckets of the slime, they also had to attempt to catch gold coins in a bid to win the challenge.

I'm A Celeb's Arlene Phillips becomes first campmate to be eliminated from ITV's 2021 series
© ITV The pair were covered in red slime as they scrambled for gold coins

The task proved difficult as the pair struggled to keep their eyes open while Ant and Dec encouraged them to keep looking up to nab the coveted coins.

With 36 year old Naughty Boy screaming in discomfort, Matty finally managed to catch a coin.

Naughty Boy then noted: “That’s how an Olympic gold medallist does it” – prompting everyone to burst into a fit of hysterics.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues to air at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub every night.

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