I’m A Celebrity and The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex has reportedly been rushed to hospital for emergency treatment after a monkey bit him as he filmed footage for his new show about the wild primates.
The star and a camera crew flew from Heathrow airport to Johannesburg on Sunday evening, and soon after landing in South Africa, Joey met up with a group of locals including ‘boasters’ who are apparently “South Africa’s fashion elite.”
A press release yesterday about Joey’s encounter with local fashionistas reads, “Known for their love of bling and all things flashy, boasters enjoy showcasing their wealth when it comes to wearing designer clothes in the brightest colours they can find but Joey’s been showing them a thing or two when it comes to being reem.”
It concludes, “Joey has also visited a flea market in Bright Water Commons where he met his first monkey; a domesticated one called Milo that wears a nappy and a waistcoat!
“Today he hopes to meet the big five at Kruger National Park before flying out to Uganda tomorrow when the adventure truly begins.”
And sure enough, he went trekking through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where the monkeys, gorillas and other wildlife are “anything but domesticated,” but it was actually the aforementioned Milo who decided he’d like a taste of reem Joey.
A show insider told the The Sun, “Joey was so excited as he loves monkeys — but Milo immediately bit him.
“Despite having his jabs, Joey freaked out saying he was going to catch rabies.
“He saw a doctor and everything was fine.”
His ITV2 show is set to air this spring, but as yet, hasn’t been given a title. We will of course keep you posted when hear more, but for now, here’s a reminder of Joey’s time in the I’m A Celeb jungle…