Major Coronation Street star’s long-term future on ITV soap is revealed as popular actor insists the show is his ‘number one priority’
The unpredictable savannahs of rural South Africa are a world away from the comparatively pedestrian cobbled streets of Coronation Street.
And Andy Whyment admits he’s glad to be back in Weatherfield after suffering elimination from the pre-recorded all star version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The actor travelled to South Africa’s Kruger National Park to film the spin-off last October, but endured a miserable seven day spell in camp before leaving with former Made In Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo on Monday evening.
Whyment, 42, has since outlined his long-term career plans and admits he has no desire to quit his role as affable Corrie regular Kirk Sutherland any time soon.
The actor, who made his first appearance on the ITV1 soap in 2000, told The Sun: ‘I’ve seen a lot of people come and go, thinking they’re going to go on to bigger and better things but Corrie for me is my number one, it always has and always will be.
Welcome return: Andy Whyment admits he’s glad to be back in Weatherfield after suffering elimination from the pre-recorded all star version of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Going nowhere: Whyment has since outlined his long-term career plans and admits he has no desire to quit his role as affable Corrie regular Kirk Sutherland any time soon
‘I grew up watching it as a kid and when I drive up to those barriers in the morning and they lift them up, I think “I’m still working on Coronation Street”.’
He added: ‘If I’d told myself growing up I’d be there 23 years, it’s amazing and touch wood many more years to come.
‘I have a great work life balance, I go in, do my job and I love the banter that we have on set and long may it continue.’
Whyment and fellow campmate Toffolo were eliminated on Monday evening after failing their latest challenge, but viewers were less than impressed with their departure.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: ‘WHY YOU ANDY AND TOFF!’, while another said: ‘I’m sorry but why are all the best ones going home first Shaun and now Toff.’
Unhappy: The actor travelled to South Africa’s Kruger National Park to film the spin-off last October, but endured a miserable seven day spell in camp
Number one priority: The actor, who made his first appearance on Coronation Street in 2000, says he wants to remain on the soap for many years to come
Another added: ‘Not Toff and Andy going’, while a fourth said: ‘Kinda don’t wanna carry on watching Toff was my fave.’
While a fifth commented: ‘toff was carrying the show can’t wait for absolutely dead content now.’
Viewers kicked off on Friday night as the show ended on a dramatic cliffhanger ahead of the double elimination.
Fans were far from impressed with the ‘cruel’ twist as they took to Twitter to vent their fury, with one even asking: ‘What are you playing at?!’
Whyment and Toffolo had to compete against Myleene Klass and Jordan Banjo in the Gold Rush trial, during which they had to find gold nuggets buried inside identical mine shafts.
Sad: Whyment and Georgia Toffolo were eliminated from I’m A Celeb South Africa on Monday night’s episode
Reaction: Viewers were sad to see the pair both leave as they complained that two entertaining and strong contestants were going home
Tough: The pair lost out to rival campmates Myleene Klass and Jordan Banjo (pictured)
The object of the game was to find the nuggets and place them on scales at entrance to the mine, with each team having to find enough nuggets to tip the scales and win a picnic for their team – with the losers going home.
It was a closely fought race, with Georgia and Andy initially taking the lead while Myleene struggled to find any nuggets as Jordan ploughed ahead.
But things evened up when Myleene began to find her nuggets, with the competition seriously heating up as the stars desperately fought to come out on top.
I’m A Celebrity… South Africa continues on ITV1 at 9:00pm.