On Monday it was revealed she had decided to leave after ‘losing all her energy’ in camp and reaching breaking point as she faced the prospect of doing another Bushtucker Trial.
Within three hours of the announcement being made Grace was spotted at Brisbane Airport as she made her return to the United Kingdom.
The 50-year-old food critic refused to talk to press at the airport and kept her head down as she rushed through the terminal.
Grace failed to raise a smile as she waited to board her plane and was spotted repeatedly rubbing her elbow as she waited in line.
She’s gone: Grace Dent has left Australia mere hours after it was revealed she had quit I’m A Celebrity due to ‘medical reasons’
Looking for something? Grace was spotted using her phone camera as a mirror as she waited to check in at the airport after fans expressed concern at her ‘unwell’ appearance
Making a move: Within three hours of the announcement being made, Grace was spotted at Brisbane Airport as she made her return to the United Kingdom being flanked by security
Unwell: Grace quit I’m A Celebrity after ‘losing all her energy’ in camp and reaching breaking point as she faced the prospect of doing another Bushtucker Trial (pictured on Sunday’s show)
An ITV statement read: ‘Unfortunately Grace Dent has left the show on medical grounds. She has been a great campmate and will be missed by her fellow celebrities and viewers alike’ (Grace is pictured just before entering camp with her trademark red lipstick)
At one point she was spotted using her phone as a mirror after she had sparked concerns among viewers with her ‘unwell’ appearance in the jungle.
She took advantage of having her creature comforts returned and sported her trademark red lipstick.
After checking in Grace was down the escalator through a VIP entrance by her security team.
An insider has since revealed to MailOnline that Grace’s jungle exit was mutually decided between Grace and show bosses, who had intervened after seeing her visible deterioration in camp.
A source close to the MasterChef star revealed: ‘Grace decided to leave the jungle soon after it was announced that she would be doing the latest Bushtucker Trial.
‘Knowing that she would be facing another tough challenge was the straw that broke the camel’s back.’
They continued: ‘It was mutually agreed upon that she would stand down from the competition, it was clear that she wasn’t being herself, she had lost all energy when usually she’s witty and fun to be around.
‘ITV’s duty of care and welfare teams had stepped in, and rightly so.
‘She had struggled since living in the camp with less amenities, the weather this year has been particularly miserable and as a restaurant critic, not eating well proved to be harder than she could have ever imagined.
‘Grace is looking forward to seeing her loved ones now and after a few days of rest and recovery will be fine.’
Grace has struggled since kicking off her journey filming the Pole Position trial on Friday, November 24 and last week threatened to quit the show.
ITV confirmed her departure on Saturday with a statement that read: ‘Unfortunately Grace Dent has left the show on medical grounds. She has been a great campmate and will be missed by her fellow celebrities and viewers alike.’
Grace had been voted to take on Monday’s Down The Tubes challenge alongside Josie Gibson.
She will now be replaced by Danielle Harold in the trial, who received the third most votes from the public.
Grace’s shock jungle exit comes after fans took to social media to share their worries about her appearance, with one claiming they didn’t even recognise the usual bubbly and glam MasterChef star.
The restaurant critic has previously spoken about her strict diet, admitting she ‘has to monitor every day how much food I have to eat for work, how many restaurants I have to go to, just trying to keep a balanced diet.’
Speaking to WalesOnline in weeks before she entered the jungle Grace admitted ‘I don’t think I suit skinny. I look ill right away. I’m quite a curvy, busty type of person.
‘I have to be very careful about what I eat because I put on weight really easily. My family are just those types of people who come from an entire background of women who naturally fit about a size 16-18. Every woman in my family looked like that.’
‘But I know that when I get bigger, I then stop exercising. Once I stop exercising, I start feeling sadder. And then my health goes and I haven’t got enough energy.
‘So, I’ve always been on a health kick since I was nine years old, like almost all women. I have to be very conscious of what I’m eating.’
Concern: Fans claimed they didn’t even recognise the usual bubbly and glam MasterChef star (pictured left on Friday’s show and right on MasterChef in 2021)
Under wraps: Grace was seen wrapping herself in a scarf as she killed time at the airport before her flight home
Day one: Grace was exuberated when she started her jungle journey, kicking off the show by taking on Pole Position, which involved dangling herself off a 32-storey building
Day seven: Grace was seen on Sunday night’s show looking a far cry from her glamorous self
Worry: Fans took to social media in their droves to express their concerns about Grace
Terrifying: During Friday’s episode, Grace got a bug stuck in her ear as she went head-to-head for survival against Nella Rose in the Touchdown of Terror trial
Good news: Following the challenge, Grace was seen by the medic who managed to flush it out, and confirmed it has been removed
Starring role: Grace often appears on various TV shows critiquing people’s plates – you may have seen appear in MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef, MasterChef UK
Restaurant critic Grace previously said: ‘I don’t think I suit skinny. I look ill right away. I’m quite a curvy, busty type of person’ but admitted ‘when I get bigger, I then stop exercising. Once I stop exercising, I start feeling sadder’
On the subject of the food in the jungle, Grace admitted even a professional like herself would struggle with a lack of herbs and spices to season food.
She said: ‘Everything is filling me with a real sense of dread. But I am especially dreading being really hungry because I tend to eat four or five posh meals out a week because I am a restaurant critic.’
Predicting what was in store for her in the jungle, she continued: ‘I know they are going to give me an eating trial and I am dreading putting even worse things in my mouth than I have in the past in fancy restaurants!
‘I think I will be writing very stiff columns about the jungle food when I come out! Will I cook there? Yes, I am a practical cook but it is not cooking as we know it in the jungle…
‘What makes food is herbs and spices and I am not going to have any ingredients. I don’t know how you are going to make an alligator’s foot taste delicious if there are no spices…
‘I can already imagine the dinner I am going to have the moment I get out. I am going to go to a really fancy restaurant and have something delicious, wearing a lovely dress.’
On her main aim of entering the show, Grace went on: ‘I am just determined to not go out first. And if I can get quite far, I would be really pleased…
‘I don’t want my life to be different when I finish this programme. I don’t want to change anything at all but this is such a great challenge. It’s going to be fun.’
Grace began her jungle journey by taking on Pole Position, which involved dangling herself off a 32-storey building.
The scenes, filmed last Friday, were aired on Sunday’s launch show, with fans marvelling at her cool and calm composure.
Yet last week she left viewers less than impressed during the first group trial as they claimed she ‘couldn’t give a f***’ about the challenge.
During the trial, which was dubbed the Locker Shocker, Grace appeared unenthusiastic as she moaned she couldn’t find the keys needed to open her locker.
However after watching Grace’s efforts, viewers complained that she was being ‘boring’ because she didn’t even try to make an effort.
Others speculated that she may have been doing it on purpose in order to avoid taking on the next Bushtucker Trial by pretending she couldn’t be bothered.
She was voted by the public to take part in Friday’s trial, the Touchdown of Terror, and got a bug stuck in her ear as she went head-to-head against Nella Rose.
The food critic took on the YouTuber, 26, in the Touchdown of Terror trial – and it was up to their coaches to choose who would help them get through this gruelling task.
But Nella was unable to cope with the pressure as critters were poured into her helmet – prompting the YouTuber pulled her emergency cord to end her time on the trial.
Grace also raised the alarm, yelling: ‘There’s one in my ear! There’s one in my ear! That’s not nice, I can hear it.’
Following the challenge, Grace was seen by the medic who managed to flush it out, and confirmed it has been removed.
She had earlier confessed to her campmates that she was a ‘scaredy cat’ and confessed to Josie: ‘I’ve had enough. I’ve completely had enough. I just want to go home.’
Former campmate Jake Quickenden discussed Grace’s shock jungle departure on Monday’s episode of Lorraine.
He mused: ‘I think she really struggled from day one.
‘She was surrounded by big characters, maybe she wasn’t expecting that. It is very daunting and overwhelming.
‘It’s been raining a lot there. She would have had support from campmates and would have been called into the Bushtucker Telegraph to make sure you’re okay. So they check in on you.
Maybe she got overwhelmed with it all. Maybe getting voted, maybe she thinks oh I’m not liked.’
Speaking out: Fans shared their thoughts on X after Grace’s departure
Heartbreak: Ahead of entering the jungle, Grace shed light on her personal life, as she revealed she has lost both her parents over the past ‘four or five years’ (pictured with her mother)
Daddy’s girl: The star was a carer for her dementia-stricken father before he passed away while she later lost her mother to cancer within the short space of time (pictured with her father)
Accomplished: The food critic has had an impressive career, working for an array of titles including, Vogue, The Independent, Cosmopolitan and more (pictured in 2017)
Taking to X after her exit was revealed, fans shared: ‘Sorry to hear Grace Dent has left #ImACeleb- she did not look at all well yesterday and showed very little emotion when voted to do a trial. Hope she’s OK’; News alert – Grace dent quits I’m a celebrity get me out of herrrree, I knew she would last night face shown it !’; ‘Grace Dent looked scared to death she had been voted to do a challenge.’;
‘So #gracedent had quit #ImaCeleb my favourite since the start, knew her previously. Due to medical grounds she has been forced to quit. Hope she gets everything she needs, such a shame but can tell she’s not been enjoying it since the start. ❤️’
Ahead of entering the jungle, Grace shed light on her personal life, as she revealed she has lost both her parents over the past ‘four or five years’ and confessed she believes her loss will make her stronger on the show.
The star admitted she has ‘been through a really difficult time’ after she was a carer for her dementia-stricken father before he passed away while she later lost her mother to cancer within the short space of time.
She said: ‘This is going to be a big challenge and now I am older, life is for living and it’s one of the reasons why I said yes.’
Grace has spoken publicly about her parents and in in 2020, she wrote in The Guardian about her father’s battle with dementia, penning: ‘There is so much I want to say to Dad, but I can’t bring myself to…
‘Dementia is really awkward, not just painful and frightening, embarrassing, I don’t like to be left alone with Dad. But sometimes I can see terror in his eyes…
‘Sometimes, as Dad talks nowadays, midway through a nonsensical sentence his brain catches up, and right then, he understands the total ridiculousness of what he is saying, and pure shame passes across his face.’
Grace was born in Carlisle and went on to pursue further education at Stirling University, bagging herself an English Literature degree in the process.
During her time at university, Dent kicked off her journalism career, writing features for Cosmopolitan.
After leaving full-time education, she had quite the illustrious writing career, working as an editorial assistant for Vogue, and then a freelance journalist for various magazines such as Marie Claire, Glamour and more.
She also spent 12 years, from 2000 until 2012 writing about all things TV, before making her way to The Independent.
For six years she wrote a restaurant column dubbed ‘Grace and Flavour’, for The Evening Standard. The food critic is currently employed by The Guardian.
Grace often appears on various TV shows critiquing people’s plates – you may have seen appear in MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef, MasterChef UK.
She was also a judge on a BBC program called the Great British Menu.
But you won’t only find Grace in the kitchen, she has also appeared on an array of shows including, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, The Now Show on Radio 4, Have I Got News For You, Very British Problems.
The food critic has also appeared on Pointless Celebrities, The Review Show Film 2012, Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, The Culture Show and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.
Foodie Grace has also penned numerous novels over the years, and was even on the shortlist for the Queen of Teen prize in 2008. Amongst her books series’ for teenage audiences include Diary of a Snob, Diary of a Chav and LBD.
She published her first non-fiction book titled How To Leave Twitter (My Time as Queen of the Universe and Why This Must Stop) in 2011.