I’m A Celebrity viewers thrilled as show sneaks in hidden tribute to Coronation Street legend


I’M A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! fans were left delighted last night after the show paid tribute to Coronation Street legend Betty Driver.

Show bosses devised a game called Hotpot Hilarity for the Castle Coin Challenge and Corrie star Simon Gregson was tasked with playing it.

Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson took part in Hotpot Hilarity on I’m A Celebrity
He and Louise Minchin had to make hotpots in a nod to late Corrie star Betty Driver
Betty’s character served hotpots for 40 years during her Rovers Return reign

Simon had to take orders for his hotpot takeaway – called Better Than Betty’s – and catapult the correct ingredients over to former BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin.

The Challenge was seriously messy, with chopped liver and peas among the items flung across the room, but viewers loved the touching nod to late soap star Betty.

Betty played Rovers Return Inn barmaid Betty Williams from 1969 until her death from pneumonia in 2011.

And during her 40-year reign behind the bar, she was the queen of the hotpot and was always serving them up to punters.

Simon also seemed pretty chuffed with the game, laughing at the name: “Better than Betty’s!”

Standing alongside Louise, he added: “Nothing is ever going to compare to Betty’s.”

But unfortunately for Louise and Simon – who plays Steve McDonald in Coronation Street – they failed to win anything for camp after successfully completing the challenge.

The pair fell at the final hurdle which, as with all Castle Coin Challenge’s ends at Cledwyn’s Kiosk, and went back empty handed.

They could have won David Ginola and Adam Woodyatt’s letters from home and the news didn’t go down well.

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Danny Miller decided to spill the beans to former footballer David, who fumed: “It’s a bloody joke.”

He later ranted in the Telegraph: “Once again I don’t have my letter.

“That letter from my girlfriend would have boosted me a lot.”