Comedian Mel Buttle has quit I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here after three nights in the ‘jungle.’
She attributed her struggle to an extreme phobia of snakes, after one was spotted by new campmate Pettifleur Berenger nearby.
But she previously indicated she was struggling with boredom, hunger and feeling like an outsider in camp. The fear of snakes appeared to be a straw that broke the camel’s back.
Her fellow cast members rallied around as she apologised, tearfully. Footballer Travis Varcoe was particularly affected by her departure, having confided in her earlier.
“I know I’m going to regret it,” Buttle said.
Later adding, “I’ve made some really good friends. That’s what hurts about leaving them here. You just feel guilt. You just feel terrible.”
Buttle becomes only the third cast member to ever quit the 10 reality series, joining sports stars Anthony Mundine and Bernard Tomic.
“You’ll get some d***head now,” she joked with her cast members.
Not long after MKR judge Colin Fassnidge entered camp, a replacement for Pete Evans who failed to launch.