Who is Kiosk Kev and when was Kiosk Keith's replacement on Australian reality TV?

The hairy tatooed Aussie has proved an unexpected hit so far this series – but how much do we know about him and why was Kiosk Keith replaced?

Who is Kiosk Kev on I'm A Celebrity?

Kiosk Kev's real name is Mark Herlaar – a 53-year old lime farmer from Toowoomba in Queensland.

On November 13, 2018, The Sun Online exclusively revealed Kiosk Kev would be replacing Kiosk Keith.

A show insider told The Sun Online: "Everyone on set is really pleased with the new Kiosk Kev character – his look has to be seen to be believed.

"Viewers will love him but the celebrities will be scared stiff! Like Kiosk Keith, Kev is a man of few words and doesn't speak."

An I'm a Celeb spokesman confirmed to The Sun Online that Kev has been handed the keys to the Outback Shack, saying: "Kev won't take any nonsense from the celebrities, and he looks very intimating!

"The celebs from the previous series who thought Kiosk Keith was scary won't know how lucky they were – Kiosk Kev is truly terrifying."

When was Kiosk Kev on reality TV in Australia?

Kiosk Kev aka Mark was previously on the Australian version of the reality show Survivor in 2017.

This involved getting to grips with life in the Samoan jungle.

He lasted 11 days on the show before being voted out by his fellow contestants.

Two days after coming home he contracted dysentery from the water well they had dug.

He said: "It manifested two days after I got home and I was just crook as a dog, like I had dysentery and was nauseated and sick.

"And if that had of played out [in camp] I would have been very disappointed to be going out, basically, in a body bag with the zipper open."

Why is Kiosk Keith not on I'm A Celeb this year?

On January 5, The Sun Online revealed how Kiosk Keith had been fired after being accused of arriving to work drunk and behaving inappropriately towards a female colleague.

The 53-year-old, whose real name is Raymond Grant, was apparently drunk when he made the alleged unwanted advance towards a young female member of the crew.

A source told The Sun Online: "It wasn’t unusual for Keith to turn up to work drunk as he's done it before but this incident has shocked everyone."

His ex-wife Donna then denied Keith was a sexual predator to The Sun Online, revealing he got the boot after he “smacked a young female co-worker’s bottom”.

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When is I'm A Celebrity 2018 on TV?

If you miss the show you can watch it on ITV+1 or catch up via the ITV hub.

The series usually runs for about three weeks and if it follows the previous format and length fans can expect this year's jungle king or queen to be crowned around the second week of December.

This year the show is presented by Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly as Ant McPartlin takes an extended break from TV.

If you haven't had your fill of the jungle, you can switch over to ITV2 for Extra Camp immediately after the main show for behind the scenes footage, guests and interviews.

Viewers are invited to join the lively debates via social media and the app as well as putting their questions directly to the campmates live in the studio once they’ve left the Jungle.

This year the Extra Camp it will be hosted again by Scarlett Moffatt, Joel Dommett and Joe Swash.

Which celebrities are in the line-up?

11 stars are in the 2018 line-up, which includes a wide range of stars who we'll be watching as they get to grips with camp life.

The celebrities in the famous camp are…

  • Rita Simons – OUT
  • Nick Knowles 
  • Emily Atack
  • Fleur East
  • James McVey
  • Anne Hegerty – OUT
  • Harry Redknapp
  • Sair Khan – OUT
  • Malique Thompson-Dwyer – OUT
  • John Barrowman
  • Noel Edmonds

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