I’m a celebrity: why could Babatunde Aleshe be exempt from trials?

Babatunde Aleshe

Fans left asking questions (Image: ITV/Shutterstock)

Babatunde Aleshe has definitely faced his fears so far in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! from almost facing the very first test by hanging from the edge of a very tall building, to having his head locked in a box full of frogs in his most recent challenge.

The Celebrity Gogglebox star fought her way through the challenge on Thursday’s episode, which also featured Scarlette Douglas facing rats and Owen Warner with snakes around his face.

The day before, Chris Moyles faced the Boiling Room’s Bushtucker trial, which Babatunde was exempt from, leaving many fans wondering why.

“I take it Babatunde can’t swim because he’s always exempt from swimming practice?” one wrote.

Another wrote, “Either Babatunde can’t swim or has a medical condition like mine that doesn’t allow water in ears or high water pressure.”

Babatunde Aleshe

Babatunde has faced his fear of heights (Image: ITV/Shutterstock)

It’s not uncommon for celebs to be exempt from some of the trials, with the camp’s first real Mike Tindall being exempted from another, and Sue Cleaver also being exempt from one of the challenges.

There could be many reasons why celebrities should be exempt, but fans seem to think that Babatunde might not be a strong swimmer which is why he cannot take part in any challenges that involve swimming.

Babatunde was exempt from the process where Chris managed to get a star, which involved him swimming through underwater chambers filled with creatures.

Babatunde Aleshe

In Thursday’s trial, Babatunde screamed his way (Image: ITV/Shutterstock)

Early in the series, Babatunde was also revealed to be exempt from the Tentacles of Terror Bushtucker trial.

Former health secretary Matt Hancock had taken over the one, in which he found himself submerged in an octopus-shaped structure among an assortment of underwater creatures.

ITV declined to comment because Babatunde is exempt, but past examples have almost always been medical.

In previous seasons, celebrities have been exonerated from several trials for no clear reason.

I’m a celebrity… get me out of here! continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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