On Wednesday, it was finally confirmed that the Coronation Street star would be entering the Gwrych Castle camp on Thursday’s episode of the ITV show alongside EastEnders’ Adam Woodyatt.
And speaking ahead of his hotly anticipated arrival on the show, which has already seen a lot of drama, the 47 year old explained that his wife and three children persuaded him to accept the television offer.
Simon, who plays Steve McDonald in the soap, said: “It was common knowledge I would never do I’m A Celebrity. But my wife and kids were like, ‘Come on Si, you’ve got to do it, you will have fun.’ And so, I’ve said yes!”
“It is something cool for the kids to watch dad scream like a young child!” Simon explained.
The soap star shares Alfie, 14, Harry, 12 and five year old Henry with his wife Emma Gleave, who he wed in 2010.
Simon said that now he has agreed to appear on the show, he is “excited” and predicts the rest of the Corrie cast will be on speed dial voting for him to do the famous Trials.
“I know the rest of my cast friends will find it highly amusing I am doing this show!” he said.
“Everyone at work is a huge fan of I’m A Celebrity. They will be wanting to find out what I am up to each evening and what is coming out of my mouth or going in my mouth!
“They won’t be voting for me to not do a trial. They will definitely want me to go through some pain,” he added.
Teasing his and Adam’s entrance on Wednesday’s episode, hosts Ant and Dec said: “The Lords have landed, and they’re in a battle to feed their new friends because if they suffer defeat… the camp doesn’t eat. Roll up, roll up for the scare fair!”
Viewers were left excited over the news as they branded the two new contestants “soap legends”.
One person said: “I can’t wait for Simon and Adam to enter the castle tomorrow. 2 soap legends in their own right. Both Adam and Simon are going to be incredible and absolutely hilarious u can’t wait to see what they bring to the show from tomorrow night bring it on #ImaCeleb.”
A different account put: “IAN BEALE AND STEVE MCDONALD!! NO way!!!!!!!!”
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues to air at 9pm on ITV and ITV Hub every night.
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