I’m A Celebrity queen Jacqueline Jossa won’t return to show to hand over crown but ‘sends love to winner’

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Jacqueline Jossa will not give up her crown for the new I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! winner.

The 28 year old, who recently showed off the amazing results of her new styler to create mermaid waves, was declared Queen of the Jungle last year in Australia.

Now, a year later, it's time for one of the new finalists Jordan North, 30, or 35 year old Giovanna Fletcher to carry the title.

It's tradition for the previous winner to hand over their crown in the final of the the popular ITV competition show, however Jacqueline won't be able to do this now due to Covid-19 fears.

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Bosses raised concerns that because the former EastEnders actress hasn't been isolating prior to the show, she could put the contestants and crew at risk.

An insider told The Sun Online: "It is a more Covid secure option not to invite Jacqueline on set to hand over the crown. So on balance, producers decided for her not to appear on the final.

“We don't want to bring an outsider into the bubble. We've protected the celebs for weeks and that doesn't end on the final.

“She has been rehearsing for a West End role so hasn't been able to isolate so it was deemed an unnecessary risk.”

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The star's representatives confirmed the news to OK! online as they said: "Due to Covid and the fact that the cast & crew have been in their bubbles for weeks, the decision was made that it wouldn’t be appropriate for someone who hasn’t been isolating to come into the castle.

"Jac is obviously very sad to not be able to hand over the crown but sends her love to the winner."

Jacqueline, who experienced the most dramatic weight loss as a result of the "jungle diet", previously opened up on who she thought could've won the show.

Taking to her Instagram stories, she told fans that she believed her fellow Eastenders alumnus Jessica Plummer, 28, had the potential to win before being voted off the show.

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Jacqueline said: “So, my top five I would say is obviously the Eastenders guys! Jessica and Shane. Obviously I’ve met Shane, I haven’t met Jessica but she seems absolutely lovely and I feel like she could potentially win. She’s just got that something about her.

"Giovanna as well, I absolutely love her. And then you’ve got Vernon as well, who I think will do really well.”

Introducing her thoughts on the show, Jacqueline reassured fans that despite the new format, she believed it was still going to be “brilliant” and couldn’t wait to see what was in store for the new campmates.

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“I’ve had a lot of people saying it’s not the same. It is going to be so good…" she continued. "It’s going to be a little bit different this year but it’s gonna be brilliant. It’s going to be so good.

"I felt like it still had that warm bubbly feeling that you get when you watch jungle and everyone is going to be watching it, probably more so than even last year because there’s nothing else to watch.

"We’re all stuck indoors so it’s come at a perfect time, saving grace. It’s going to be brilliant.”

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