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Phillip Schofield blames Holly Willoughby for the I’m A Celebrity trials being ‘easier’

Phillip Schofield has claimed his co-star Holly Willoughby is the reason Ant and Dec have been making the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!  trials easier on the campmates.

Holly, 39, guest hosted the ITV show in 2018, filling in for Ant McPartlin, 45, after he took some time out for health reasons. 

Referring to her stint alongside Declan Donnelly, 45, in which she was seemingly helpful in the Bushtucker trials, Phillip, 58, suggested the celebrities have since had a fairer deal as he remarked: ‘Holly cheated by helping them and they never did that before.’

Blame: Phillip Schofield has claimed his co-star Holly Willoughby is the reason Ant and Dec have been making the I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! trials easier on the campmates

Speaking on Wednesday’s show, Phillip spoke of Holly’s impact on the show as they discussed the current series with Alison Hammond.

Making reference to a recent trial in which Ant and Dec assisted Jessica Plummer and AJ Pritchard in finding stars during the Harm-oury trial, Phillip said: ‘Dec is a lot nicer this year, Holly cheated by helping them and they never did that before.’

Revealing that Dec indeed confirmed that he assisted in the trial, Phillip added: ‘Dec said yesterday in a text to both of us – “I never ever helped in the trials ever, until Holly taught me how to, they never would have got six stars without my help”.’ 

Oh dear: Referring to her stint alongside Declan Donnelly, 45, Phillip, 58, suggested the celebrities have since had a fairer deal as he remarked: ‘Holly cheated by helping them and they never did that before’

Tuesday’s trial also saw Holly once again getting the blame as the stars discussed the show with I’m A Celebrity correspondent and former campmate Georgia ‘Toff’ Tofollo, who noted that things were easier during the trials.

Phil agreed and laid the blame at Holly’s door, adding: ‘I think the help sort of crept in when you were there.’

With Toff jumping in: ‘Holly, I’ve got to agree with Phillip.’

Taking the helm: Holly, 39, guest hosted the ITV show in 2018, filling in for Ant McPartlin, 45, after he took some time out for health reasons

Taking the helm: Holly, 39, guest hosted the ITV show in 2018, filling in for Ant McPartlin, 45, after he took some time out for health reasons

Shocked at their response, Holly remembered: ‘Oh, you’re blaming me?! How is this my fault?!’

While Phil explaining: ‘I think you changed the dynamic because it had always been the two guys who were little but quite tough and then suddenly in you go, softer heart, helping people.

‘Now, I’ve got a feeling that they’ve thought: “Let’s do it like that for a bit”.’

Holly then giggled: ‘I can’t possibly comment. I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ 

Castle chat: Speaking on Wednesday's show, Phillip spoke of Holly's impact on the show as they discussed the current series with Alison Hammond

Castle chat: Speaking on Wednesday’s show, Phillip spoke of Holly’s impact on the show as they discussed the current series with Alison Hammond

Making reference to a recent trial in which Ant and Dec assisted Jessica Plummer and AJ Pritchard in finding stars during the Harm-oury trial, Phillip said: 'Dec is a lot nicer this year, Holly cheated by helping them and they never did that before'

Making reference to a recent trial in which Ant and Dec assisted Jessica Plummer and AJ Pritchard in finding stars during the Harm-oury trial, Phillip said: ‘Dec is a lot nicer this year, Holly cheated by helping them and they never did that before’

It comes after I’m A Celebrity was hit by fresh claims that the show is faked, as sources claimed stars film trials at a separate off-site studio.

Stars are reportedly taken to a separate structure away from Gwrych Castle to record the challenges, as bosses were unable to drastically alter the historical site so it could be used for filming.

This year’s I’m A Celebrity has been relocated to Wales from its usual home in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the crumbling site underwent a big-budget makeover to be used for filming on the ITV show.

Truth: Revealing that Dec indeed confirmed that he assisted in the trial, Phillip added: 'Dec said yesterday in a text to both of us - "I never ever helped in the trials ever, until Holly taught me how to, they never would have got six stars without my help"'

Truth: Revealing that Dec indeed confirmed that he assisted in the trial, Phillip added: ‘Dec said yesterday in a text to both of us – “I never ever helped in the trials ever, until Holly taught me how to, they never would have got six stars without my help”‘

Helping hand: Dec confirmed that he assisted Jessica and AJ in their trial thanks to Holly's influence

Helping hand: Dec confirmed that he assisted Jessica and AJ in their trial thanks to Holly’s influence

It has been reported that celebrities are taken a set next door to the castle with a large tent, with some areas dressed to mimic the castle interior, in news coming just days after it was revealed stars are prepped for the tasks.

Bosses claimed they had to build the separate site as they couldn’t drastically change the castle’s layout due to it being listed as a Grade II structure.

In some cases celebrities are even transported to the separate site by minibus so they can take on challenges.

A source told The Sun: ‘What viewers don’t see is that they’re then taken to an area separate to the castle where they are briefed and then put through their paces.

‘It’s slightly pulling the wool over the viewers’ eyes.’

What? I'm A Celebrity was hit by fresh claims that the show is faked, as sources claimed stars film trials at a separate off-site studio (Shane Richie pictured)

What? I’m A Celebrity was hit by fresh claims that the show is faked, as sources claimed stars film trials at a separate off-site studio (Shane Richie pictured)

Surprising: Stars are reportedly taken to a separate structure away from Gwrych Castle to record the challenges, as bosses were unable to drastically alter the historical site

Surprising: Stars are reportedly taken to a separate structure away from Gwrych Castle to record the challenges, as bosses were unable to drastically alter the historical site

Really? Celebrities are taken a set next door to Gwrych Castle with a large tent, with some areas dressed to mimic the castle interior

Really? Celebrities are taken a set next door to Gwrych Castle with a large tent, with some areas dressed to mimic the castle interior

However an ITV source added: ‘Due to the immense ambition of the build, it was impossible to create these within the actual castle so the trials are filmed in a separate structure on site.’

A show source told MailOnline: ‘As viewers of the show will recognise, the IAC trials are brilliantly conceived and producers go to town with their creativity to really put the celebrities through their paces and face their fears.

‘They often involve chambers, buried tunnels, and other fantastic creations and nothing is off limits in terms of the grand spectacle of the trials. 

‘Due to the immense ambition of the build it was impossible to create these within the actual castle so the trials are filmed in a separate structure on site.’ 

On Monday night fans expressed their fury as it was reported that celebrities are shown how to do the trials before they are aired on TV. 

Hitting back: However an ITV source claimed bosses had to build the structure as they were unable to physically change the castle itself so it could accommodate the vast challenges

Hitting back: However an ITV source claimed bosses had to build the structure as they were unable to physically change the castle itself so it could accommodate the vast challenges

According to reports, the campmates are secretly ‘told what they need to do’ and even ‘allowed to try it’ in a bid to remove some element of ‘jeopardy’ on the ITV show.

It was also claimed that the contestants were shown how to unlock the chains before the gruelling Bar-baric trial earlier this week, where the female celebrities had to unlock their padlocks while being doused in fish guts.

A source told the publications: ‘The average viewer would assume that a celebrity walks from camp and goes straight into the trial without any heads up. 

‘In reality, they are told what they need to do, and in many cases shown how to do it and allowed to try and do it.

‘It does remove some element of jeopardy, the idea that they know exactly how to escape, or unpick a lock, or release a bolt, before the cameras even start rolling.’

Reports: On Monday night fans expressed their fury as it was reported that celebrities are shown how to do the trials before they are air on TV (Jessica Plummer pictured during a trial)

Reports: On Monday night fans expressed their fury as it was reported that celebrities are shown how to do the trials before they are air on TV (Jessica Plummer pictured during a trial) 

An ‘ITV insider’ added to the publication that if celebrities were to get stuck on ‘intricacies such as locks and keys’ it would make viewers ‘switch off’ I’m A Celebrity. 

They also claimed that the celebrities are shown what to do in order to ‘wriggle out’ of some sections of the challenges, adding that fans want to see the campmates ‘succeed’ rather than ‘fail.’

An I’m A Celebrity spokesman told Mailonline: ‘Contestants are told the instructions of a Trial and producers ensure that they understand what is required of them in line with our health and safety procedures.

‘Any suggestion of run throughs or practising is incorrect.’ 

Claims: The campmates are reportedly'told what they need to do' and even 'allowed to try it' in a bid to remove some element of 'jeopardy' on the ITV show (Vernon Kay pictured)

Claims: The campmates are reportedly’told what they need to do’ and even ‘allowed to try it’ in a bid to remove some element of ‘jeopardy’ on the ITV show (Vernon Kay pictured) 


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