Inside Channel 10's scramble to replace Pete Evans on I'm a Celebrity

The full story of Channel 10's desperate scramble to find a replacement for Pete Evans on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! has finally been revealed.

The disgraced chef, 47, was all set to enter the 'jungle' camp in Murwillumbah in November when he posted a neo-Nazi meme to Facebook, leading to an advertiser boycott that forced the network to tear up Evans' contract.

Channel 10 was left in an awkward position because trailers had already promoted the appearance of a 'celebrity chef', reports The Daily Telegraph.

Boned: The full story of Channel 10's desperate scramble to find a replacement for Pete Evans (pictured) on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! has finally been revealed

Boned: The full story of Channel 10's desperate scramble to find a replacement for Pete Evans (pictured) on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! has finally been revealed

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As the neo-Nazi scandal escalated, TV executives dragged Evans into a 'crisis meeting', where he was given his marching orders.

His fee was reportedly supposed to be $40,000, but he didn't see a cent of it.

Producers then decided to call up Colin Fassnidge, the Irish chef who previously starred alongside Evans on Channel Seven's My Kitchen Rules. 

But they were unable to lock him in for the show's launch and spent about a week negotiating his contract.

As a result, Colin will debut later in the series as an 'intruder'.

Change of plans: The disgraced chef, 47, was all set to enter the 'jungle' camp in Murwillumbah in November when he posted a neo-Nazi meme to Facebook, leading to an advertiser boycott that forced the network to tear up Evans' contract. Pictured: I'm a Celebrity hosts Dr Chris Brown and Julia Morris

Change of plans: The disgraced chef, 47, was all set to enter the 'jungle' camp in Murwillumbah in November when he posted a neo-Nazi meme to Facebook, leading to an advertiser boycott that forced the network to tear up Evans' contract. Pictured: I'm a Celebrity hosts Dr Chris Brown and Julia Morris

Evans was just days away from entering the camp when his career imploded in the space of 24 hours in mid-November.

He was already in pre-show lockdown and scheduled to jump out of a helicopter alongside The Voice's Jack Vidgen and Australian Idol alum Paulini Curuenavuli.

Channel 10 is refusing to acknowledge Evans was ever lined up to appear on I'm a Celebrity, despite multiple reports to the contrary.

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The network's only statement on the matter was issued on November 17.

Replacement: Channel 10 was left in an awkward position because trailers had already promoted the appearance of a 'celebrity chef'. Producers decided to call up Colin Fassnidge (pictured), the Irish chef who previously starred alongside Evans on My Kitchen Rules

Replacement: Channel 10 was left in an awkward position because trailers had already promoted the appearance of a 'celebrity chef'. Producers decided to call up Colin Fassnidge (pictured), the Irish chef who previously starred alongside Evans on My Kitchen Rules

'Network 10 can confirm that Pete Evans will not be appearing on this season of I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!' a spokesperson said.

However, Evans later confirmed he was supposed to be involved during an interview with YouTube life coach Mark Waite.

'I was meant to be doing something for three weeks which was going to take me away from being with my wife,' he said.

While Evans didn't reveal details of the three-week commitment, he was clearly referring to the filming schedule for I'm a Celebrity, which took place over three weeks in November.

Delayed entrance: Channel 10 was unable to lock him in for the show's launch and spent about a week negotiating his contract. As a result, Colin will debut on the show as an 'intruder'

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