Julie trip to jun­gle is up in smoke


Daily Star Sunday - - NEWS - ■ by MARC BAKER sun­day@dai­lystar.co.uk

SOAP leg­end Julie Goodyear turned down I’m A Celebrity be­cause she couldn’t face the 23hour flight to Aus­tralia with­out a cig­gie.

The 100-a-day smoker wanted to travel Down Un­der by boat – but the show’s pro­duc­ers re­fused. For­mer Cor­rie star Julie, 75, who played pub land­lady Bet Lynch, would have had to pack 4,000 cigs for the jour­ney.

A boat trip to Oz takes up to 40 days and pas­sen­gers usu­ally have to travel by cargo ship, with tick­ets cost­ing more than £4,000 each way.

For­mer I’m A Celeb pro­ducer Lisa Mary Lon­don re­vealed Julie’s diva de­mand in her book Real­ity Re­hab, which lifts the lid on real­ity TV and the cult of mod­ern celebrity.

Lisa said: “Soap leg­end Julie Goodyear frus­trated me when she rang in per­son to say she’d love to do the show if we could get her to Aus­tralia by boat.

“A 23-hour flight with­out fre­quent cig­a­rette breaks was out of the ques­tion for the chain-smok­ing soap diva.”

Julie – who fa­mously uses a trade­mark cig­a­rette holder – claimed in 2007 to have kicked the habit af­ter light­ing up for 46 years.

But five years later she left Celebrity Big Brother house­mates in dis­be­lief as she puffed through 100 fags a day dur­ing her stint on the Chan­nel 5 show.

She was even nick­named “The Chim­ney Pot” by shocked house­mates af­ter tak­ing a stag­ger­ing 2,400 cig­a­rettes into the TV house for her stay.

Fel­low smok­ers in­clud­ing model Jas­mine Len­nard, 32 – who in­fa­mously left the house with a cig­a­rette in hand – Coleen Nolan, 52, and Rhian Sug­den, 31, could not hold a can­dle to Julie.

Real­ity Re­hab, by Lisa Mary Lon­don, is avail­able now on Ama­zon at £7.99 for the paperback edi­tion or £3.99 for the elec­tronic Kin­dle ver­sion.

■ OZ DRAG: Julie as she may have looked on the the boat trip

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