Love Island star Olivia Attwood appeared in Sunday’s first episode, skydiving out of a helicopter on arrival, alongside fellow contestant, DJ Chris Moyles. A show spokesman said Attwood had left as a precaution before medics advised it was not safe for her to return, adding that she had been “brilliant” and would be “very much missed”.
The ITV programme, which returned to Australia for the first time in two years, saw a bump in ratings as an average audience of 9.1m tuned in compared to 2021’s opening episode in Wales.
Before being made to do a tandem parachute jump out of a helicopter, Attwood was seen giving herself a little pep talk.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said, jokingly adding: “Just need to get back on safe ground in one piece, [with] both boobs, all the [dental] veneers, everything.”
After landing safely, she declared it to be “the most amazing thing I’ve done ever.”
The TV personality and model had an auspicious start to her short time on the show, as she and Boy George were voted for by the public as jungle VIPs. But this turned out to mean Very Isolated Person, rather than Very Important Person.
The 31-year-old had previous experience of bush tucker trials, having appeared on I’m A Celebrity’s spin-off show, Extra Camp, where she was made to eat sheep brains. But she departs the main show before the trials have begun.
“As a precautionary measure Olivia needed to leave the jungle to undergo some medical checks,” a show spokesman told the BBC on Monday.
“Unfortunately, the medical team has advised it is not safe for Olivia to return to camp as there needs to be further investigation.
“She has been absolutely brilliant and she’ll be very much missed on the show.”
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