'Extra Camp' hosts joke about who is to blame as show is axed

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Emily Atack, Joel Dommett and Adam Thomas will host I'm A Celebrity... Extra Camp on ITV2 (Credit: ITV)

Emily Atack has joked that it’s probably her fault that her I’m A Celebrity spin-off show Extra Camp was cancelled.

The ITV2 programme – the companion show to the main ITV series – has been axed after 17 years.

The series’ current hosts Atack, Adam Thomas and Joel Dommett have all responded to the news on social media, joking about who was to blame for it getting the chop.

Inbetweeners star Atack, who joined the line-up for the last series, posted a video on her Instagram Story saying that the decision “is very sad but for reasons beyond our control, financial stuff, they’ve decided not to go again”.

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She added: “Adam Thomas is blaming himself which is making me p*** myself.

“It’s not you Adam, it’s probably me!”

Thomas, who joined the programme at the same time as Atack, wrote on Instagram: “Ok so this isn’t awkward... imagine your first ever presenting role on a show that’s been running for years... you do one show and it gets cancelled!!

“U can’t write it haha aww not gonna lie wish I could have had another go at it... but that’s life!

“What a job what an experience at least I can tell my kids I was once a presenter!”

Emily Atack poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2019 in London on February 20, 2019. Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

He quipped: “PS am now free for Panto... I’d say call my agent but I don’t have one so please DM me haha great start to 2020 !!”

Dommett, who joined Extra Camp in 2017, said it had been a “huge privilege” – and said show bosses had assured him that the presenters were not to blame.

“Sad news - The time has unfortunately come to put Extra Camp to bed in its uncomfortable hammock,” he wrote.

“The show will no longer continue. It’s been a huge privilege to be a part a show with such a rich history filled with amazing hosts.

“The producers have assured me that @emilyatackofficial @adamthomas21 and myself are not to blame - they said the show was better than ever and also that Joel is the sexiest presenter we have ever had (I wasn’t listening but it was something like that) - it is simply because it’s expensive given how late it’s on and the funds will be used in more prime time slots.

“I’ve told them that Adam will do it for free but the decision is made.”

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Previous presenters on Extra Camp, which was called I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! NOW! until 2015, have included Caroline Flack, Joe Swash, Stacey Solomon, Laura Whitmore, Vicky Pattison and Scarlett Moffatt.

Ant and Dec on I'm a Celebrity: Extra Camp. (ITV)

An ITV spokesman said: “ITV2 has loved having Extra Camp on the channel and would like to thank all the production team for their hard work over the years, the fantastic on screen presenters and the brilliant hard working crew behind the scenes.

“It’ll be sad to bring the curtain down on the show but the focus for ITV2 is the primetime schedule.”

The show aired from 2002 to 2019.