Jordan North details worries over asking Radio 1 bosses for time off to do I’m A Celebrity

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I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! makes headlines each year, as some of the biggest personalities in theatre, music and sport come together to compete on one of the biggest shows in primetime television. However, when BBC Radio 1 DJ Jordan North was invited to join the line-up of famous faces, his biggest concern was whether he could get the time off work. 

The 30-year-old hosts a show on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, alongside former I’m A Celebrity contestant Emily Atack.

After ITV got in touch about the 2020 series of I’m A Celebrity, he steeled his nerves and asked his bosses for time off – and was surprised by their response. 

“I was a bit worried about asking for time off but my bosses have been so supportive,” he revealed. 

“They were jumping for joy saying I had to do it when I told them.”

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Born in North Yorkshire, Jordan attended the University of Sunderland, where he studied media production in the hopes of getting into radio.  

Jordan got his big break when he entered a competition during his final year of university, landing a presenting spot on The Hits Radio. 

From there, he picked up a gig as a researcher and producer at BBC Radio 5 Live, before being chosen as a stand-in for Scottish radio star Matt Edmondson.

He also regularly covers for Scott Mills and Nick Grimshaw, and, in September, his role as the permanent host of the lunchtime weekend slot on Radio 1 was announced. 

While he tackles the trials and challenges on the grounds of Gwrych Castle in North Wales, his famous BBC colleagues will be putting on a show of support for him back in London. 

“I am their little brother at Radio 1,” he explained. 

“Greg James comes for pints with me and it just never seems real! This is the job I have always wanted and I hope they do get behind me.”

And, with his co-stars behind him, Jordan is hopeful his stint on I’m A Celebrity – and the national acclaim tied to the series – can guarantee his role on Radio 1 for years to come. 

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“Hopefully by going on I’m a Celebrity, it will keep me on Radio 1 for a few more years too!” 

Having grown up watching I’m A Celebrity, Jordan is eager to meet the other campmates, feeling honoured to be part of the 20th series of the long-running reality series. 

“I’ve been watching this show ever since it started, I can remember Kerry Katona doing it all those years ago!” he said, musing over the series’ legacy. 

“With everything going on this year, people will want this show on TV more than anything. We all need it.

“It’s my favourite show on the telly and to be part of it is a big honour. My co-presenter at Radio 1, Emily Atack, talked so lovingly about it all and you can’t turn something like this down.” 

The radio star is also keen to get to know his childhood heroes behind the scenes, with comedy double act Ant and Dec returning to host the series. 

“I have never met Ant and Dec either and I am so excited to meet them. I loved them on SM:TV doing Wonky Donkey!” 

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! debuts tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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