Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder 'to join jungle celebrities'

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I'm A Celebrity bosses are set for a bleeping nightmare after it was confirmed chart star Shaun Ryder will take part in this year's show.

The former Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman will be among stars who will Step On to the jungle camp for this year's series.

However, Ryder is known for his continual four-letter outbursts and is bound to cause producers a headache.

His swearing famously prompted Channel 4 to pre-record editions of Chris Evans show TFI Friday when he let fly with his bad language.

A source confirmed he is among the line-up of contestants who have been flying to Australia this week ahead of the new series.

The singer was about to promote a new greatest hits album which is due for release next month.

The source said: "He thought long and hard about whether to do the show."

Ryder - a former heroin addict - was banned from appearing live on Channel 4 after his TFI antics which saw him use the f-word.

In 2004 I'm A Celebrity ran into problems with a swearing contestant when former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon used two expletives during a live slot.

ITV apologised for the incident and regulator Ofcom took no further action, although his lapse prompted 88 complaints from viewers.

Ryder first formed Happy Mondays 30 years ago and went on to have hits with Hallelujah, Loose Fit and Kinky Afro. He featured on Gorillaz' hit Dare, which was said to be so-called because Ryder could not pronounce his original line "it's there".

The rest of the cast for I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! - which returns on Sunday - was named today by The Sun.

The paper claimed smoothie actor Nigel Havers, presenter Gail Porter, veteran actress Britt Ekland and Olympic sprinter Linford Christie were in the line-up.

Also said to be taking part are former Big Brother contestant turned This Morning reporter Alison Hammond, ex-MP Lembit Opik, nutritionist Gillian McKeith and 2009 X Factor finalist Stacey Solomon.

Comic Dom Joly, Sheryl Gascoigne - former wife of ex-footballer Paul - and rapper Aggro Santos are also taking part, the paper says.

Bookmaker William Hill today installed Solomon as favourite to win at 5/2, followed by Gail Porter at 7/1.