Joey Essex missing TOWIE Christmas special because of I'm A Celebrity

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Joey Essex has confirmed he will not appear in the TOWIE Christmas special due to his I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here stint.

As widely rumoured, the Only Way Is Essex star was announced today as one of ten celebrities entering the I'm A Celeb jungle on Sunday night (17 November).

That means no Joey in the annual TOWIE Christmas episode.

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2013 lineup: Joey Essex


"TOWIE is an amazing show to be part of and I love every minute of it, so it's a shame I'll miss the Christmas special, but going into the jungle is too good an opportunity to miss," he explained.

Joey revealed that none of his Essex co-stars knew he was jetting to Australia as the only person he confided in was his father.

"I have kept it a secret and nobody knows. It's been really tough and not even anybody on TOWIE knows I am going. I told my dad because he is coming with me to Australia. His girlfriend is joining him and he pretended they were going to South Africa so we could keep it a secret. I love my dad so much and he is really proud of me."

Joey Essex, James 'Diags' Bennewith and James 'Arg' Argent join a pop choir on The Only Way Is Essex - TOWIE
(Episode: 10 November 2013)


Joey Essex and his TOWIE co-stars. We'll miss him this Christmas!

Joey is a long-time fan of I'm A Celebrity so is understandably thrilled – and slightly apprehensive – about entering the jungle.

"Five years ago, I started watching the show and now I really can't believe I am going to be going in the jungle. I am so happy. I can't say this enough. What an incredible opportunity. I am actually lost for words because I am so excited."

He added: "I am not really scared but if a spider was by me, I wouldn't want to touch it. I would not be scared for hours and I would be more like 'argh', but even if I touch a dog or a cat, I wash my hands. My reactions are going to be heightened in the jungle for sure. I don't know how I will feel if I have to jump out of a plane. I can't imagine doing it but I will just have to give it a go."

I'm A Celebrity stars Sunday, 17 November at 9pm on ITV.

Check out the full 2013 lineup below!