PUBLISHED: 11:25 EST, 22 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:25 EST, 22 September 2013 32 shares comments I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! bosses have told Michael Le Vell to stop drinking for two weeks, if he wants to be a 500,000 contestant on this year’s show. Self-confessed alcoholic Le Vell, 48, has to prove to ITV chiefs that he can resist a drink before they can put him in the jungle. He was cleared of child sex charges just two weeks ago, but in the trial he admitted to drinking up to 12 pints a night. He likes a drink: Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell admitted during his testing trial that he often downed up to 12 pints a night Le Vell, who played Kevin Webster in ITV soap Coronation Street, is now reportedly ‘skint’ after paying all his own legal fees. So the 500,000 offered by TV bosses for a place on the show may seem even more appealing following Le Vell’s ordeal. On Saturday a source told the Sunday Mirror said: ‘Michael thinks people will see a different side to him and he likes an adventure. Thumbs up: After Michael Le Vell was found not guilty he went for a pint at The V&A Hotel, but if he wants to go on I’m a Celebrity the boozing will have to stop ‘His brother lives in Australia and he has spent a lot of time Down Under in the past few years. ‘There is a lot of money on the table for Michael and it couldn’t come at a better time because the court case has left him skint.’ The source went on to explain that Michael was a professional actor, where drinking never got in the way of his work on Coronation Street, and I’m a Celebrity would be no different. Supportive girlfriend: If Michael Le Vell goes on the show e will be leaving behind his family, who looked after him through his court ordeal his Chilean girlfriend Blanca Fouche, 31 The ban on drinking might be the executives desperate attempt to avoid a repeat of last year’s show which saw comedian Brian Conley quite the show on health grounds after just eight days. There are also rumours that Coronation Street bosses are allegedly looking to write his character Kevin back into the soap as part of their Christmas special. Michael Le Vell forgives girl who falsely accused him of rape…

Supportive girlfriend: If Michael Le Vell goes on the show e will be leaving behind his family, who looked after him through his court ordeal his Chilean girlfriend Blanca Fouche, 31

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