I'm a Celeb hit with coronavirus crisis as crew forced to isolate

CREW members isolating after a Covid scare at the I’m A Celebrity castle are not being paid.

Some of the show’s production team had to go into quarantine after taking a saliva-based test.

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ITV bigwigs enforced two weeks of isolation — despite several of the crew returning negative results in subsequent NHS nasal swab checks.

The freelance staff were also not allowed to leave North Wales, where the show is being filmed.

One angry crew member told The Sun: “I am a huge fan of the show and love Ant and Dec, but it’s been difficult to watch and laugh at the jokes knowing how much they’re getting paid, whilst I’m forced to self isolate, without pay.

“While colleagues working for the BBC, on feature films and Netflix productions have been fully compensated for any Covid-related absence from work, that’s not what ITV are prepared to give any of their freelancers.”

ITV say they are just following HMRC guidelines for freelance staff.

A spokesman for the broadcaster said a strict “Covid management plan” had prevented an outbreak from forcing the show off-air.

Hosts Ant and Dec and each of the celebrities have been tested for the virus every three days.

Chiefs wanted to ensure that they had not picked up the bug from props or during trials.

A show source said: “As per government advice, if you test positive, you must self-isolate immediately.

“ITV Studios follows all government and HMRC guidelines for sickness payment in relation to Covid.”

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