Olivia Attwood sparked rumours that she could be heading back to the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here jungle as she departed the UK from Manchester airport on Saturday.
The TV personality, 32, was forced to withdraw from the show last year on medical grounds when blood tests showed she had dangerously low potassium levels.
Sources close to the broadcaster admitted they were ‘absolutely disappointed’ at her exit and orchestrated a plan to get the former Love Island star back in the jungle.
The new series kicks off a week on Sunday, with Nigel Farage also seen heading to Australia from Heathrow airport this weekend.
Olivia’s departure comes after sources said she would not be able to return to I’m A Celeb after landing ‘the opportunity to front a brand-new dating show on ITV.’
Arriving at the airport, the documentary maker was dressed for a long flight, wearing a comfortable grey hoodie and matching joggers.
She went makeup free for the outing adding a stylish pair of tortoiseshell glasses and carrying a Chanel tote bag.
MailOnline has contacted Olivia’s representative and ITV for comment.
Olivia has been tipped to appear on the show after she was left ‘devastated’ when last year the results of a routine medical test forced her to fly home for further tests.
A source previously told MailOnline: ‘Olivia was so upset when she had to suddenly leave the jungle last year… everyone saw how incredibly disappointed she was.
‘She had been in discussions with ITV to return to I’m A Celeb for months, both sides wanted it to work because it was unfair that her time on the show was cut so short when it was always her dream to take part.
‘But the opportunity to front a brand-new dating show on ITV came along and she jumped at the chance.
‘The show is tipped to be the next big dating series since Love Island but centred more around exploring relationships, so it is a real full circle moment for Olivia.
‘She adores presenting but also loves reality television and has never forgotten the platform that Love Island has given her… this new role perfectly marries the two.’
The network’s fondness of the star led to Olivia’s casting on I’m A Celeb, with her becoming the first former Love Island contestant to feature.
But her time in Australia was shorted lived after a medical where she underwent a blood test showed that she was anaemic, causing concern among producers.
After being hurried to a local hospital, it was deemed too risky for Olivia to return to the jungle, where camp mates compete in gruelling trials and survive off rations.
She was forced to deny speculation that she was pregnant or had contracted Covid after the internet was rife with rumours over why she had been suddenly removed from the show.
This year the lineup reportedly includes This Morning host Josie Gibson, former rugby ace Danny Cipriani and Made In Chelsea’s Sam Thompson.
One source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Olivia’s time in the jungle last year was to give her a platform so that ITV could give her a big show.
‘They had a huge future mapped out for her. She’s a big draw for the much-sought-after younger viewers.
‘Then it all came to an end after her blood tests came back.
‘Now they are getting her back for this year and will start the whole plan again. ITV bosses know she will be so popular on I’m A Celeb… and that viewers will just love her.’
In an exclusive interview with The Mail on Sunday, she said: ‘It felt like the longest journey ever.
‘I was thinking that my blood was normal a month or so ago, so I don’t know what to think.
‘I was wondering if I had picked up a virus, was I pregnant, all these things were going through my head. It was frightening.’
Because of insurance issues, ITV producers deemed her return to last year’s series too high-risk.
The star said: ‘If I went back into the camp, my levels might drop and it could be detrimental to my health and wellbeing … I was absolutely devastated.
‘I’m not a crier but I started to cry. It was emotional. I was heartbroken.’
After appearing on Love Island in 2017, Ms Attwood last year presented ITV documentary Getting Filthy Rich about the selling of sexual content on website OnlyFans.