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I'm A Celeb: George Takei discusses 'horrific' experience

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Star Trek star George Takei came third when he appeared in the show in 2008. Ahead of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! returning for its 21st series this Friday, the actor opened up about his time in Australia to ITV hosts Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard during Thursday’s edition of Good Morning Britain.

The actor best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the classic sci-fi series was abandoned in the Australian jungle for three weeks to take part in the celebrity reality show.

George took part in several grisly challenges but left the show having made good friends with series eight winner, EastEnders actor Joe Swash.

Even so, he admitted to Susanna on GMB he found living in the jungle extremely challenging at the time.

Susanna asked: “Just reflect on that experience you had in the jungle.”

“You actually made some really good friendships, and the viewers adored you.”

George nodded wistfully at first, and confirmed: “I did indeed.”

He recalled: “In retrospect now, being in the rainforest of Australia, Queensland, becomes fond.”

However, looking back, he added: “But at the time it was horrific.”

“We had rainstorms in the jungle, and there we are, no shelter.

“And we had to struggle, compete for our sustenance,” George remembered.

More than ten years after his time on the series, the Star Trek star is thankfully able to look back fondly on his time in Australia.

Although George was still put through the wringer during his I’m A Celeb stint, including taking part in the notorious Bushtucker Bonanza.

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“Some of the punishment that was meted out was, now in retrospect, funny,” he revealed.

However, fellow celebrity contestant Brian Paddick wasn’t laughing when he spent the night in a cage to win the ingredients for a cooked breakfast.

George continued: “For example, Brian Paddick, who’s an MP now, was punished by being put in a hanging cage from one of the trees.”

“And at nights, rats skittered around,” he added to shocked laughs from the GMB hosts.

As unpleasant as his time in the jungle was, it didn’t compare to the actor’s sobering story of being imprisoned in a Japanese American internment camp as a child.

“We looked like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor,” he explained.

“I was a child and I didn’t understand what was going on, but for a Southern Californian kid to be taken by train with armed soldiers at both ends of each car – it was an adventure and an opportunity for fantastic discoveries.”

Viewers were fascinated and thrilled to see the Star Trek icon back on screens again, though thankfully in the comforts of the GMB studio this time around.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! returns Sunday, November 21st at 9pm on ITV.


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