He wrote at the time: “So after 6 and a half years it’s finally time to put down the remote, and to say goodbye to Gogglebox.”

“I’ve loved every minute and I’m eternally grateful to @channel4 and @studiolambert for allowing me to be a part of the show. But new opportunities are knocking on the door and it’s time to explore them.”

“I look forward to enjoying the show as a viewer and not having to worry about having said something stupid. PS. Don’t worry my family @themalonesgb and @shaunmalone95 will still be on the show to keep you guys entertained every Friday,” he added.

Irish stars Una Healy, Maura Higgins and Greg O’Shea have also been hotly tipped for I’m A Celeb 2021 – along with MMA star Conor McGregor, Love Island’s Olivia Attwood, Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall, and former England footballer John Barnes.