Julie trip to jungle is up in smoke
DIVA CIG AS A PARROT
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