Nick Pickard is without doubt one of the stars on this yr’s I’m A Celebrity (Picture: ITV)Hollyoaks star Nick Pickard has revealed the way forward for the cleaning soap as he prepares to enter the I’m A Celebrity jungle.
The actor, 48, who has performed Tony Hutchinson for the reason that cleaning soap first aired in 1995, is flying the Hollyoaks flag alongside politician Nigel Farage and This Morning host Josie Gibson.
For these questioning whether or not Nick will likely be returning to the cleaning soap as soon as he’s left Australia, the star has bought some excellent news.
Ahead of Sunday’s I’m A Celeb launch, he mentioned: ‘This is a as soon as in a lifetime alternative and as quickly as I used to be approached, I mentioned sure. I’m not quitting Hollyoaks to participate. My bosses have been actually supportive of me doing it.’
This comes after Channel 4 confirmed an enormous change to its schedule, one in all which incorporates the removing of Hollyoaks from its channel.
In 2023 64% of viewers watched the cleaning soap by way of streaming or E4, leading to 556 million minutes of the present being streamed within the first half of the yr.
‘My bosses have been actually supportive of me doing iI’m A Celeb’ (Picture:WireImage)
The Hollyoaks ensemble have large adjustments to return (Picture: Lime Pictures)Speaking in regards to the shake-up, Nick added: ‘It’s all about if the cash’s nonetheless coming in and we’ve been advised that we undoubtedly go on till not less than the thirtieth anniversary in order that’s so far as I do know.’
‘I’m solely contracted yr to yr anyway. So I’ve at all times taken every year because it comes and like each there’s a couple of of us within the solid and each time we get a contract we exit and have slightly drink and say it’s one other yr within the sunshine.’
Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer, Ian Katz advised Metro.co.uk: ‘Hollyoaks has at all times been the youngest and most modern cleaning soap so it’s becoming that it ought to be the primary to embrace the adjustments within the behaviour of youthful viewers and swap to a genuinely digital-led launch sample.
‘It was the primary UK cleaning soap to maneuver to a stream-first mannequin final yr and that is the following section of that evolution.
‘We hope making Hollyoaks obtainable on YouTube, in addition to our personal platforms, will introduce an entire new technology to the present.’
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