'Bear Hunt' stars 'warned about deadly animal attacks'

‘Bear Hunt’ stars have reportedly been warned about deadly animal attacks as they prepare to begin filming for the show.

The Netflix programme - which will be presented by Holly Willoughby, 43 - sees contestants try to survive the Costa Rican jungle while Bear Grylls, 49, hunts them as prey.

Now, according to industry insiders, the stars have been warned about the dangerous animals lurking in the wilderness, and the network has provided a 24/7 medical team to ensure their welfare.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “‘The Bear Hunt’ is not for the faint-hearted and all the celebrities who have signed up know they’re going to be heading into the wild where it’s teeming with animal nasties.

“As well as snakes like the venomous hog-nosed pit viper and spiders like the black widow and brown recluse, the jungle is also teeming with bats which can spread rabies.

“Naturally, every precaution possible has been put in place by Netflix to ensure the safety of everyone working on the show, from the crew to the celebrities, but it’s a show which isn’t for the faint hearted.”

The rumoured line-up for the programme includes Spice Girls singer Mel B, model Lottie Moss, tennis star Boris Becker and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Shirley Ballas.

Previously, it had been said that Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson had been in talks to appear on the show, though allegedly failed to strike a deal with Netflix.

An insider told The Sun: “Jesy had meetings with producers who were casting for the show, but in the end they couldn’t come to a deal, so Jesy won’t be in the final line-up.

“It will be a real blow to Little Mix fans who were excited to see her back in the public eye, and it would have been a huge global gig for Jesy, but bosses met with loads of big celeb names and not everyone ends up in the confirmed mix.

“The show is set to be a huge hit though and Netflix are ploughing loads of money into it so it’s sure to get another series - don’t be surprised if Jesy ends up in the line-up for the second season.”