Have Mel B and Louie Spence rejected I'm A Celeb?

Have Mel B and Louie Spence rejected I'm A Celeb?
Have Mel B and Louie Spence rejected I'm A Celeb? (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

Mel B and Louie Spence have reportedly both turned town offers from ITV bosses to join this year's series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! According to reports, Mel B rejected a £300,000 offer to appear in the show because it wasn't enough. A friend confirmed: "She was keen to go, but knows it's important not to undersell yourself. "For the right price, she would have loved to try out the jungle. She's always seen herself as a tough girl." ITV bosses have been trying to persuade Mel to appear for the last few years because of her volatile personality and willingness to speak her mind, but she consistently turns them down. Pineapple Dance Studios Louie Spence has also reportedly turned down an offer from the I'm A Celebrity team to appear on the the ITV2 spin-off show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here Now! because he has a fear of flying. A source told The Sun: "It meant 24 hours on a plane and Louie can hardly bear to be in the air at all. "It would have been a great gig. All he would have had to do was comment on the celebs in the jungle for an hour then spend the rest of the time by the pool." So far, the line-up for the new series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is rumoured to include former Olympic champion Linford Christie, Britt Ekland, X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon, Boy George, Lembit Opik, WAG Lizzie Cundy and TV presenter Gail Porter. The series, presented once again by Ant and Dec, starts on Sunday, 14 November on ITV1 after The X Factor results show, which will see Take That, JLS and Westlife perform live on stage.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.