Chain-smoking Coronation Street legend Julie Goodyear 'once turned down I'm A Celeb because she couldn't light up' on 23-hour flight to Australia
She gained the nickname 'The Chimney Pot' during her stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2012 due to her smoking 100 cigarettes a day.
The 75-year-old actress, who played blonde barmaid Bette Lynch for 25 years, reportedly turned down the jungle series as she was unable to smoke on the 23 hour flight.
'Chimney pot!' Former Corrie actress Julie Goodyear, 75, reportedly turned down I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here as she was not allowed to smoke on the 23 hour flight
The revelation came in a tell-all book by former I'm A Celebrity producer Lisa Mary London, which 'lifts the lid on reality TV and the cult of modern celebrity,' according the Daily Star Sunday.
In her book Reality Rehab, Lisa said: 'Soap legend Julie Goodyear frustrated me when she rang in person to say she'd love to do the show if we could get her to Australia by boat.
'A 23-hour flight without frequent cigarette breaks was out of the question for the chain-smoking soap diva.'
Habit: Julie, who smokes up to 100 cigarettes a day, asked to take the journey by boat instead, but producers would not allow it
Bombshell: Julie gained the nickname 'Chimney Pot' during an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, when housemates were shocked by her smoking habit
Legend: Julie appeared as iconic blonde bombshell Bette Lynch for 25 years
The trip to Australia made by the celebrities each year for the Ant and Dec-fronted series can cost up to £4,000 each way.
Should Julie have made the journey, she would have had to pack over 4,000 cigarettes for the 40 day trip Down Under.
A representative for I'm A Celebrity has been contacted for comment.
'Soap diva': The revelations came from a tell-all book by former I'm A Celebrity producer Lisa-Marie London, who branded Julie's requests 'out of the question'
Iconic: Julie pictured above in June at the funeral of former Corrie co-star Roy Barrowclough
The revelation came as rumours began to circulate as to who will appear on I'm A Celebrity when the ITV series returns next month.
The Sun reported on Saturday that six-time grand slam tennis champion Boris Becker is set to enter the jungle for a fee of £500,000 in a bid to pay off his debts, which are reportedly at £10million.
Boris is the latest in a long line of rumoured celebrities, including Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby, and The Saturdays' Vanessa White.
Intense: Hosts Ant and Dec will return to host the jungle reality show when it returns next month