Many viewers would have been shocked at seeing a famous face willingly depart the South African jungle just three days in to the latest season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
But the reality show’s executive producer, Alex Mavroidakis, said Bernard Tomic had practically already quit the show before it even started airing.
Despite sticking around for two trials and three days of filming, Alex told Nova‘s Fitzy and Wippa that the 25-year-old tennis star almost didn’t even board the plane to South Africa.
“He told me that he composed a text message three days before he got on the plane,” Alex told the morning radio hosts, adding the message said Tomic had changed his mind and no longer wanted to do the show.
“So he was obviously just not in the right headspace at all.”
Alex believes the show starting so closely to the end of this year's Australian Open - which the tennis star failed to qualify for - negatively impacted Tomic's state of mind.
"He said to me he'd beat [Marin] Čilić the last two times he'd played him who was in the final, and he'd beaten the South Korean guy last time he played him who was in the semi final," Alex said.