DEAN Gaffney’s I’m A Celebrity return begins in stomach-churning fashion as he vomits in a gross eating trial in tonight’s show.
The EastEnders legend, 45, is tasked with tucking into bush delicacies alongside fellow newcomer Joe Swash, 41.
But a blended cow cocktail proves too much for the soap actor and he ends up spewing, much to the delight of hosts Ant and Dec.
To Dean’s credit, he’s far more game than co-star Janice Dickinson, 68, was in her eating challenge earlier in the series when she was paired up with Jordan Banjo, 30.
The latest arrivals were teased at the end of last night’s show.
Joe was crowned King Of The Jungle in 2008 following a stint in Australia, while Dean had finished in fifth place two years earlier.
The former EastEnders stars will now be seen reliving their experience as they join the current campmates in South Africa.
Introducing himself in Tuesday night’s I’m A Celebrity, fans will see Joe being rather frank about the reasons for his fame.
“I’m Joe Swash. I used to be an actor, then I done the jungle, and now I’m probably best known as Stacey Solomon’s husband,” he says.
“First time I was on IAC was in 2008. I’m fatter, a lot more cynical so let’s see if anything else has changed.”
Recalling his most memorable trial, which saw him gagging continuously while eating a cockroach knickerbocker glory and crocodile penis, he adds: “The ice cream van trial, that seemed to start the ball rolling of people wanting to see me be sick and stuff like that.
“It’s not changed really. If I brush my teeth too vigorously I gag.”
Dean, meanwhile, describes himself as “Britain’s best road sweep” in a nod to his EastEnders‘ character Robbie Jackson.
He then admits: “First time I was in IAC was 16 years ago and I’m probably more scareder now than I was then [sic].
“I’m going back into camp for a number of reasons, really.
“One I think you need to test yourself, challenge yourself and just also find out who I am as a person.
“I knew who I was in 2006 but who is Dean Gaffney in 2023?
“I don’t know what to expect this time round, I’m just really looking forward to what South Africa is going to bring.”
In Tuesday night’s instalment, the lads will be brought together in the trial area.
Joe tells host Declan Donnelly: “I’m so overwhelmed by the whole thing at the minute. It feels a little bit dream like. I thought I’d put all this behind me.”
He adds: “I’m really nervous and I feel like Im doing this for the first time again, which isn’t good.”
Dec’s co-host Ant McPartlin, meanwhile, tells Dean: “Honestly we’re so thrilled you’re on the show!
“Now last time you did I’m A Celeb you came in and you walked straight into a trial which gave us one of the most iconic moments in I’m A Celebrity history.”
Dean replies: “I’ve grown up a lot since then boys, I’ve got a bit more grey hair! But that actually put the jeebies up me that day.”
- I’m A Celebrity…South Africa airs weeknights at 9pm on ITV1 & ITVX