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I'm a Celebrity boss responds to question of 2021 series' location

"This show is meant to be in Australia."

I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! could return to Australia this year should travel and restrictions allow.

The hit ITV reality series eschewed its traditional home Down Under last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the show instead taking place in Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

The channel's chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall has now shared an update on where things stand for the 2021 series, stressing that the show is "meant to be in Australia".

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"If we can go back to Australia – and this show is meant to be in Australia – then that's what we'll do," she said (via PA).

"We have a very good plan if not, as we have already done it once (in the castle)."

Presenters Ant & Dec previously spoke to Digital Spy about the prospect of the show returning to Wales this year, admitting that they're not opposed to the idea.

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"If during coronavirus we have to stay put and do it in Wales again, I'd be very happy," Ant said. "We were very welcomed in Wales.

"There were cardboard cut-outs of me and Dec in the butcher's, and the local school did a tribute. We'd happily go back there. We'd miss the sunshine, mind."

Dec added: "The people in Wales were lovely. They made us feel very welcome. I had a lovely time.

"I will miss the sunshine, but I will not miss the jetlag of coming back from Australia. I'd love to go back to Oz. But if we had to go back to Wales, I wouldn't be disappointed."

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