Reality Show Crisis: Not Enough Roaches to Pour on Celebs

'I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here' needs more bugs
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2012 10:43 AM CST

(Newser) I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here—the reality show known for hosting such luminaries as Stephen Baldwin and Speidi—has a true emergency on its hands. An Australian drought has led to a cockroach shortage, the Sun reports, meaning the show is in desperate need of more bugs to dump over its lucky contestants. It uses 140,000 per season, and roaches take four months to be bred. Another problem: One of the batches of bugs had to be dumped after a deadly spider was found lurking among the cockroaches.

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