Pop star pulls out of Holly Willoughby and Bear Grylls’ new Netflix show

Bear Grylls’ new Netflix series Bear Hunt is eagerly awaited by fans, but there is one celebrity who is no longer expected to appear in the outdoor adventure show. Singer Jesy Nelson, 32, was reportedly in talks to compete in the survival series that is due to film in Costa Rica later this month but is now said to no longer be taking part.

It has been reported that Little Mix star Jesy had meetings with the producers about the series that is set to be a huge hit for the streaming service when it is released next year, but she ultimately decided not to be involved.

A source 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.”

Jesy Nelson
Jesy Nelson will no longer be joining Bear Grylls' Netflix series -Credit:GC Images

"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."

OK! has contacted Netflix and Jesy’s rep for comment.

Other celebrities who have been rumoured to be taking part in Bear Hunt include Strictly Come Dancing ’s Shirley Ballas, model Leomie Anderson, Danny Cipriani, Boris Becker and former Spice Girl Mel B. The series will be presented by Holly Willoughby in her first major job since leaving This Morning last year, and was announced by Netflix in March.

Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby will present new Netflix series Bear Hunt -Credit:GC Images

The show will be an action-packed competition in which a group of celebrities will have to survive in a jungle – and avoid being captured by Bear. Bear, of course, has the skills to track the celebrities down: he is a former SAS trooper and survival expert who became well known for his series Man Vs Wild that ran from 2006 until 2011. During his career he has climbed Everest, circumnavigated the British Isles with a team all on jet skis for charity, and navigated the Northwest Passage in a rigid-inflatable boat, to name just a few of his achievements.

He’s also taken celebrities to their limits in the wilds before for his series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, that has featured well known faces including Channing Tatum, Kate Winslet, former US President Barack Obama and tennis player Roger Federer taking on Bear's unique challenges.