Comedian Freddie Starr has been forced to drop out of "I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!" on doctors' advice.
The Liverpool-born Starr was rushed to hospital after an allergic reaction following the "greasy spoon" bush tucker trial challenge on the television reality show. Starr, who ate a foul meal consisting of fermented egg, pig's anus, camel's toe, mice tails and turkey testicles, fell sick two hours after winning that stomach-churning challenge, against TOWIE playboy Mark Wright.
Starr, who has previously had bypass surgery, had been undergoing tests following the challenge. Initial reports suggested he could return. However, his doctors were of a different opinion and said he could not continue.
"I was sorry to hear the news about what the doctors said - that I was allergic to something, to play it safe and best for me not to go back in," said Starr. He added he felt "sick" at not being able to complete his stint in the Australian jungle but had to respect the opinions of doctors.
"I wanted to be there until the very end but there's no use crying over spilt milk," he said.
Meanwhile, the doctors have not been able to pinpoint the exact cause of Starr's apparent allergic reaction. A spokesman for the show said producers had also decided that Starr should not return.
"Freddie has been a terrific contestant. His "bush tucker trial" is one of the stand-out moments in the history of the series and we wish him all the very best," he said.
The 11th season of "I'm A Celebrity... Get me out of here!", currently being shot in Australian jungles, had the biggest audience in its first episode, with an average of 11.8 million.