TV star Gloria Hunniford has said that she seriously considered going on I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here but was prevented due to an allergy to mosquitoes.

The 79-year-old Loose Women star said that she "wanted to challenge" herself and had met with producers and the show's editor earlier this year.

The TV presenter said: "I could do without the food I think... I don't think I could do all the picking up of wood with my dodgy knee. I don't think I could do the snake bit, and I certainly couldn't eat a pig's brain."

The shows production team explained what would be involved and she said: "When they were really honest with me about what it was like, I thought, well, I'm allergic to mosquitoes really badly, I'm a hospital case with that."