Paul Burrell
Paul Burrell was 'bitten' by a snake on the first episode of 'I'm a Celebrity South Africa'. Image: Twitter/@kyleandjackieo

The first episode of the SA spin-off series, I’m a Celebrity South Africa, left fans in shock as the former royal butler of Princess Diana and “scream king,” Paul Burrell, was ‘bitten’ by a snake, The Sun reports.

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Fans were left reeling in shock after the former royal butler of Princess Diana, Paul Burrell broke down screaming after he was reportedly ‘bitten’ by a snake during the very first episode of I’m a Celebrity South Africa.

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The South Africa spin-off series stars some of the ITV reality show’s most well-known and iconic campmates from over the years.

Campmates include Shaun Ryder, Helen Flanagan, Phil Tufnell, Jordan Banjo, Carol Vorderman, Amir Khan, Janice Dickinson, Fatima Whitbread, and Burrell.

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During the first challenge, “Hell Holes,” Paul plunges his hand into a hole filled with snakes to retrieve a key to win a meal for his first night in the camp.

The publication reports that Paul screamed out in fear and pain as a snake reportedly nipped him.

The former butler reportedly looked in pain when screaming: “It’s biting me!”

Paul first appeared on the show back in 2004.

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The latest incident reminded fans of a similar challenge where Paul tried to grab meal tokens from inside holes filled with rats and bugs in 2004.

ITV shared a hilarious look at the many faces Paul made during the challenges, dubbing him the “Scream King.”

For the South-African series, there is no public vote.

Campmates will compete against each other in a battle to become the first ever I’m A Celebrity Legend, The Sun reports.

The series airs weeknights on ITV at 21:00 (UK time).

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This article was originally published by Mariette van Niekerk.