Brian Conley's wife furious at ‘I'm A Celebrity’ bosses over star’s health collapse

Brian Conley's wife furious at ‘I'm A Celebrity’ bosses over star’s health collapse

Boston : MA : USA | Nov 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM PST
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Brian Conley's wife is said to be infuriated with “I’m A Celebrity” bosses over her husband’s failing health. According to reports, Anne-Marie wants to know why the show executives did not intervene sooner when her husband began to experience health problems.

51-year-old Brian Conley suffered health problems which resulted in his dismissal from “I’m A Celebrity” and now the comedian's wife, Anne-Marie, is demanding answers from the show bosses. The producers have been accused of neglecting their “duty of care” after Brian was seen breaking down onscreen.

A show source spilled to The Sun: “Anne-Marie couldn't believe how much he'd changed after ten days in the jungle. He looks really unwell and vulnerable,” according to a report by MailOnline.

The insider added that Anne-Marie was initially supportive of Brian's decision to be a participant on the demanding reality show in a bid to revive his waning career, but is now regretting his decision.

Meanwhile, “I'm A Celebrity” bosses have not commented on the issue as of yet. It is not clear how Brian, who has spoken publicly about his history of depression, was allowed to take part in the challenging reality show.

An ITV spokesperson said on Monday, “Brian Conley has left the jungle due to medical reasons. We will miss him in camp and wish him well.”

Brian Conley broke down in tears after an argument with fellow contestants David Haye and Rosemary Shrager. It was thought at first the comic was having trouble adjusting to the diet, but paramedics were called in soon after show bosses realized his condition was more serious.

Previously in an interview with The Daily Mail, Brian Conley revealed his battle with depression, which started after his father Colin’s death in 2004.

Back in 2008, he said, “A year had passed since he [Colin] died and I was not feeling right. I was having anxiety and panic attacks and drinking heavily - a bottle of wine a night and three Jim Beams. I went to see a psychologist. I said to him: ‘I feel rubbish, I'll do anything to feel better.’”

He continued, “The money I spent on therapy was the best couple of grand I've ever spent. I feel better, I get up early, I take my daughters to school.”

“And I've learnt to cry; to let my emotions out. I can't believe I thought I'd recover from something as significant as the loss of my father overnight. I'd suppressed my feelings, and the effect was physical. My chest would tighten. I'd feel panic. But I was being British, very stiff upper-lip. At my worst I couldn't even say the word ‘Dad.’ Now, I cry at the drop of a hat. Therapy has opened a door to my emotions and I'm grateful for that,” the vulnerable comedian added.

The nature of Brian Conley’s illness has not been revealed by the star’s family or ITV. However, a spokeswoman for the hospital confirmed he was a patient.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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