He’s been gearing up to enter the Australian jungle as the 11th and final campmate, and he finally made his grand entrance on I’m A Celebrity.
Noel Edmonds, 69, arrived in style on Thursday’s edition of the reality competition show, as he was declared to be The Emperor by Holly and Dec.
Explaining what this meant for the celebrities, Dec said: ‘From this point on you are no longer masters of your own destiny. You are now gladiators and your fate will be decided by a new camp leader. All hail The Emperor.’
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I’m A Celebrity: Noel Edmonds FINALLY made his debut in the jungle on Thursday as he was declared Emperor… and set trial that saw Nick and James covered in 5000 cockroaches
Trials: As Emperor, Noel would be exempt from doing any work in the camp, and the celebrities became known as gladiators who would perform tasks and face trials in order to win food
Seeing the funny side of the situation as the campmates squealed with delight while rain fell down, Noel exclaimed ‘Hail’ before jokingly adding ‘And rain. And some sunny periods later!’
Asked how he was feeling he replied ‘wonderful. And moist!’
Referencing Noel’s famous quiz show, Malique Thompson-Dwyer shouted out ‘no deal’ after the campmates were informed that Emperor Noel would rule over them.
As Emperor, Noel would be exempt from doing any work in the camp, and the celebrities became known as gladiators who would perform tasks and face trials in order to win food for him and his inner circle.
Noel was able to pick one campmate who would be his personal adviser, who would be part of his inner circle and give him good council, and the presenter decided on Harry Redknapp.
Accepting his task, Harry boasted: ‘Peasants behave yourselves. I can now control this mob. If you misbehave you’re now going to get bad jobs.’
It was then revealed that the Emperor would be given the chance to choose which four gladiators who would undertake the Unleash The Beasts trial.
First asking for volunteers and then shooting them down for putting their hands up, Noel picked Fleur and Sair and then Nick and James.
I choose you: Noel was able to pick one campmate who would be his personal adviser to be part of his inner circle and the presenter decided on Harry Redknapp
The first part of the Trial was named Biteus Intensius, and saw Fleur and Sair stand side by side in a cage as they moved a star down a thread to a red bolt only using their tongues.
They only had three minutes in which to complete the Trial, and the pair would also have to deal with the green ants that covered the cages.
Starting together, Fleur was quick to finish thanks to her impressive technique, and while Sair did lag behind she was able to complete on time to win both stars.
After completing the Trial, Fleur hilariously declared: ‘Oh my god, I’ve got ants in my pants, that’s what is feels like. It’s like they had a map to my hoo-har.’
Tough: The first part of the Trial was named Biteus Intensius, and saw Fleur and Sair stand side by side in a cage as they moved a star down a thread to a red bolt only using their tongues
Difficult trial: They only three minutes in which to complete the Trial, and the pair would also have to deal with the green ants that covered the cages
The second part saw James and Nick compete in the Trial Crittercus Maximus, and the pair had to lie down in a cage with their heads touching in the middle.
Having to undo the knots that that were on their respective ropes in order to release a star, their task was made even harder as they had 5kgs of mealworms, 5000 crickets, 5000 cockroaches, 20 scorpions and 20 large spiders poured onto them.
Despite the critters converging on them, Nick kept his cool as he told James to ‘just ignore them’ as they fought to untangle the knots.
They succeeded with seconds to spare, which meant that the gladiators were able to collect a total of four stars which pleased Emperor Noel.
Challenging: The second part saw James and Nick compete in the Trial Crittercus Maximus, and the pair had to lie down in a cage and undo knots on ropes which had stars on the end
Covered: Their task was made even harder as they had 5kgs of mealworms, 5000 crickets, 5000 cockroaches, 20 scorpions and 20 large spiders poured onto them
Joining sides: The success meant that the Emperor and his inner circle would be able to share meals, but Noel had to choose which team to join him, and picked Fleur and Sair’s teams
Tough choice: He said, ‘I was going to choose the fastest performers. I thought that was the only fair way because all four did so well but I’m hoping the ladies will join us for dinner’
The success meant that the Emperor and his Inner Circle would be able to share meals together, but that meant that Noel had to choose which team to join him.
He declared: ‘I respect the bravery of the gladiators. I was actually going to choose the fastest performers.
‘I thought that was the only fair way because all four did so incredibly well but I’m hoping the ladies will join us for dinner.’
Dec asked him if he thought his inner circle were wise, but he hit back: ‘Leave it out. It’s going to be an interesting dinner chat.
‘And I know having just arrived the rest of this, is all coming my way. I’m going to make the most of it because I know hell is about to unleashed on me!’
The campmates talked about the moment that Emperor Noel was revealed, with Emily saying: ‘It was the best moment ever.’
Will he be gracious or will he be a meglomaniac’ questioned Nick. ‘I think he’ll be a bit of both. I think he’ll go in strong and assert his authority and hopefully he’ll ease off as time goes on’ replied James.
As the campmates walked back to the camp, Noel told them to pick up the pace as he led them.
Returning to the camp, they saw that it had been completely made over to become the lavish new Emperor’s Camp.
There was a throne by the fire, an Roman Palace complete with two beds with duvets and towels and a podium. ‘That was nice for Emperor Noel’ said Malique.
Emperor Noel sat down on his throne, unfurled a scroll and asked if everyone was paying attention. ‘Yes Emperor’ replied John. ‘Oi, that was said with a bit of sarcasm, pack it in. I didn’t ask for this role’ laughed Noel.
‘You’re enjoying it though’ replied John with a smile.
Emperor Noel said: ‘Welcome to the Emperor’s Camp. The Roman Palace is a private residence for the Emperor and his advisor.
‘No one else is allowed to sleep in the palace. The Emperor’s throne is only to be used by the Emperor. When the bell tolls the Emperor and his advisor must enter the Palace to attend to Imperial business.’
‘Are you hungry?’ asked Rita, before saying: ‘Get used to it’.
John asked Emperor Noel if Advisor Harry could sit in his throne for a while as he had a stiff back, to which he agreed.
Harry declined the offer and said he was fine on the bed but joked he’d like everyone to call him ‘Assistant Emperor’ rather than ‘Harry’ – the camp laughed.
Talking in the Bush Telegraph about his and Noel’s new roles, Harry said: ‘When you’re a manager or coach you always have the tough guy and the nice guy.
‘This is how we do it in football and I think we’re going to have to work that way here too.’
Emperor Noel and Harry were sat in camp on a bed, Emperor Noel looked around and said ‘I so much want to change everything here, just get this sorted, I mean it’s a mess isn’t it?’
Sair asked what he’d like to change, Emperor Noel looked at her, smiled and said ‘Re-organise the trees, they’re all in the wrong order.’ Sair and Anne laughed.
Emperor Noel was talking in the Bush Telegraph, ‘I think Harry and I are going to have a lot of fun…’ Harry walked in and said ‘Did you want me?’ Emperor Noel said ‘Could you knock next time, on the way in, not the way out.
Noel and Harry decided to close the curtains to their Roman palace to discuss camp chores as they had to allocate roles.
Harry waved goodbye to the campmates and as he closed the curtains he jokingly said ‘Goodbye peasants.’
Rita looked up and told him not to forget where he came from, Harry replied ‘I certainly know where I’m going to end up.’
Noel and Harry discussed who to allocate different camp roles. Sair and Fleur were exempt as they are part of the inner circle. Emperor Noel and Advisor Harry chose Nick and Emily to be chefs, Rita and John to take charge of wood and fire, while James, Anne and Malique took camp maintenance, including the dreaded dunny.
The former Deal or No Deal host, 69, then invoked the ire of actor John, 51, on his first day in the camp, as the ’emperor’ accused him of scratching his groin as he delegated campmates duties.
Noel had already ruffled feathers with his late arrival into the camp, with the star appointed Emperor and setting his fellow campmates to work in a Roman gladiators inspired challenge.
After John stood up to ask Noel a question, the star asked John not to scratch his groin when he spoke to him.
An incensed John said ‘I’m not, I’m scratching my waist’ to which Noel retorted ‘ either way it’s unpleasant.’
Talking later in the Bush Telegraph, John let rip at Noel, after his sensational late arrival into the jungle.
He said: ‘I know he was trying to make a joke and be funny but it didn’t land well with me and for that moment I’m probably being overly sensitive and it’s at this exact time that my husband would say I need a sandwich.
‘It’s not his fault and I’m an adult, I know that, it was just that moment and some of us are feeling ‘arhhh’.’
This comes after John’s husband Scott Gill hinted that the person most likely to rile up John will be the ex Noel’s House Party host.
Noel’s arrival into the jungle had clearly upset a few of the campmates with Malique saying ‘He’s lording it about a bit’ while Sair added ‘I don’t like being told what to do.’