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I'm A Celebrity star Shane Richie reveals SHOCK snub by Mr Tumble

Shane Richie on I'm A Celebrity
(Image credit: ITV)

I'm A Celebrity has revealed Shane's career highs... and lows!

I'm A Celebrity star Shane Richie admitted on last night's show that he has been subjected to some embarrassing career lows since lockdown.

With the world of entertainment hit hard during this lockdown earlier this year, Shane has previously admitted that he is hoping taking part in this year's I'm A Celebrity will help pay off the debts that have built up due to the lack of work.

Shane Richie I'm A Celebrity

Shane revealed he got turned down to work with children's TV star Mr Tumble (Picture: ITV)

But while Shane is far from the only actor out of work right now, he revealed in last night's episode of I'm A Celebrity that he has recently been subjected to a slightly more embarrassing career low.

More: How to watch I'm A Celebrity 2020 online anywhere in the world 

Snubbed by Mr Tumble 

Giovanna Fletcher was talking to her campmates about the time she reluctantly filmed an episode of TOWIE with her brother, Mario Falcone, only to end up on the cutting room floor.

But Shane managed to top her story with a much more embarrassing snub, revealing that earlier this year he was turned down by CBeebies royalty Mr Tumble, played by Justin Fletcher.

Shane Richie I'm A Celebrity

The campmates shares stories about their careers last night (Picture: ITV)

The former EastEnders star revealed he thought he was in the running to play a police officer in the Mr Tumble movie, but he didn't even get an audition...

"If you want to talk about not doing a job, I got turned down this year by Mr Tumble," Shane told everyone.

"My manager rings up and tells me I've been put up for a part in the Mr Tumble movie, playing a cheeky copper.

Mr Tumble

CBeebies star Mr Tumble is played by Justin Fletcher (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Redferns via Getty Images)

"I thought great, I could take my kids to meet him, but no, they didn't want me. They didn't even get back to me."

"I have worked with Hugh Jackman, I worked with Kate Winslet on Flushed Away, I thought I was ready for Mr Tumble.

"Even Mr Tumble didn't want to work with me!"

I’m a Celebrity continues on weeknights and Sundays at 9pm and Saturdays at 8.45pm on ITV through to its final on Friday 4 December.

New episodes of I’m A Celebrity…The Daily Drop hosted by Vick Hope will be on the ITV Hub from 6am daily.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


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