Noel Edmonds is set to join the I’m A Celebrity 2018 line-up as a surprise guest, Mirror Online can exclusively reveal.
The star host of Deal Or No Deal has signed on the dotted line after ITV bosses begged him to appear in this year’s jungle series.
It will be the first time Noel has done reality television and comes after his high-profile £60million legal battle with Lloyds bank.
A telly insider told Mirror Online: "ITV was desperate to get Noel – he’s a huge name to secure and everyone has high hopes he’ll pull in plenty of ratings."
Traditionally two extra campmates join I’m A Celebrity a few days or a week into the show, and it is understood Noel is likely to be a late contestant.
In the past, latecomers like Vicky Pattison have even gone onto win the show – she was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2015.
Noel, 69, has had a wildly varied career in showbiz, generating enormous success with his 1990s Saturday night prime-time show Noel’s House Party, which featured his character Mr Blobby.
But amid decreasing popularity, the show was cancelled in 1999 after eight long years, and Noel spent the next few years in the entertainment wilderness.
It was Deal Or No Deal that brought him back to the public eye, launching on Channel 4 in 2005 and running all the way through to 2016.
Noel has also presented Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old?, Cheap Cheap Cheap, Noel’s HQ and The National Lottery: Everyone’s A Winner.
Noel has attributed his TV and radio success to ‘cosmic ordering’, a form of spiritualism in which believers request wishes from the universe.
He said the universe had gifted him a career comeback when he was offered the Deal Or No Deal job after six years of not working.
The three-times-married star also firmly believes he is accompanied by two melon-sized "spiritual energy" balls, which he says is the manifestation of his late parents.
"Orbs are little bundles of positive energy and they think they can move between 500 and 1,000 miles per hour," he said in 2008.
"They look like little round planets but they come in all shapes and sizes."
The orbs, he said, only appear in digital photos.
In an extraordinary interview with the Mirror in 2015, Noel extolled the dangers of using wi-fi – meaning the jungle will be the perfect environment for a digital detox.
"The biggest problem we have is not Ebola, it’s not Aids, it’s electrosmog," he said at the time.
"The wi-fi and all of the systems that we are introducing into our lives are destroying our own natural electro-magnetic fields. All you are is energy, remember that."
Noel famously doesn’t believe in death, after beating the prostate cancer that killed his father.
"There isn’t such a thing as death, it’s just departure," he’s previously stated.
"You cannot die. It has been known for a very long time. The energy leaves your container but it has to go somewhere.
"You cannot destroy energy. My energy will return to where it came from – part of a massive, incomprehensible universal web of energy."
Noel has a second connection to I’m A Celeb – he gave show host Ant McPartlin a secret counselling session after Ant’s drug addiction problems came to light in 2017.
"Noel’s always been a huge fan of Ant and Dec. He thinks they are terrific presenters. It deeply saddened him to see the anguish and pain Ant was going through last year. When he heard Ant would appreciate a chat, he was only too happy to help," a mutual pal told the Mail in March.
"Although he is too straight to touch drugs, Noel knew there is a slippery path you can go down."
Ant is said to have asked Noel for advice on coming back from his problems and wanted advice from someone who has been in showbiz for as long as Noel.
"He basically told Ant that he wasn’t alone. He advised him: ‘Go back to being the person you once were and surround yourself with people you trust and who love you’," the source added.
A spokesman for Noel told Mirror Online he could "neither confirm nor deny" that he was set to go into the jungle.
*I’m A Celebrity 2018 launches on Sunday November 18 at 9pm on ITV
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