She was once the feisty queen of MKR, but Ash Pollard’s nerves have taken such a battering on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Outta Here that producers have been forced to rush in front of the cameras to talk her out of a terrifying meltdown.
Learning the full horrific details of the ‘Viper Room’ challenge that she and Tziporah are required to endure, it all became too much for Ash.
The pair are expected to be confined in a darkened chamber that is flooded with water and hordes of thrashing snakes. Ash became visibly very distressed at the revelation, with tears welling in her eyes.
In unprecedented scenes, crewmembers – who are supposed to remain out of sight of cameras – were seen rushing to her side to calm her down, as she appeared to be hyperventilating. Staff reportedly instructed her on calming her breathing as she was overcome with panic, as the apparent health event appeared to risk spiralling out of control.
Co-host Dr Chris Brown attempted to calm Ash's nerves by informing her the snakes are unlikely to attack. But given that Nat Bass has already been savaged by a snake bite, it’s unclear how true that reassurance is.
It remains to be seen how Ash will cope with teammate Tziporah, after the blonde earlier slammed her for not wearing a bra on set.