I’m A Celebrity final: Harry Redknapp is crowned the WINNER
9th December 2018

I’m A Celebrity final: Harry Redknapp is crowned the WINNER after admitting he’s ‘learned how to laugh again’ on the show… as ‘jungle princess’ Emily Atack finishes runner-up

  • The 71-year-old football manager was crowned the series champion, with Emily Atack finishing runner-up and John Barrowman in third place
  • Taking his victorious walk across the bridge, Harry was greeted by his wife of 54 years Sandra, after his sweet tales of her melted the hearts of viewers 
  • Harry admitted taking part in the show has ‘taught him how to laugh again,’ as he credited his fellow campmates with helping him through the ordeal
  • It comes after it was reported that Harry was paid £500,000 to take part, the second highest-paid campmate behind Noel Edmonds with an alleged £600,000
  • Harry was the first King Of The Jungle since 2014, when Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty was crowned the winner 

Harry Redknapp has been crowned the winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2018, after beating out Emily Atack and John Barrowman in a dramatic finale.

Speaking to hosts Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby ahead of being crowned king, the 71-year-old football manager admitted he’s been ‘taught how to laugh again’ since entering the jungle, and credited his ten fellow campmates with helping him through the ordeal.

It comes as Emily Atack declared herself the ‘jungle princess’ after finishing in runner-up, and the Inbetweeners star struggled to hold back tears as she explained how the show has helped her to accept her insecurities following a difficult start to the year.


Champion! Harry Redknapp has been crowned the winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2018, after the 71-year-old football manager admitted the show ‘taught him how to laugh again’

Over the moon: The King of the Jungle was announced by hosts Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby, as the This Morning presenter’s tenure as the stand-in host came to an end

After he was announced as the winner, Harry said his fellow celebrities had helped him through the experience, especially after a tough few days upon arrival. 

He said: ‘It’s taught me how to laugh again, when you’re a football man its a serious business you’re up your down, you don’t mix with the players anymore its a lonely business. I have a happy home life, but really laughter when Noel was massaging and he’s under the sheet I’ve got no pants on and got my legs up in the air and it ain’t real.’


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‘I’m amazed I survived three weeks when I first came in and I thought I’m in trouble here. It was only Nick who knew anything about football, but they just dragged me in every single one of them. 

‘I can’t say not one single bad word about them. They pulled me up hills. ‘Come on Harry get up you can do it!” 

He also spoke candidly about his jungle experience as he said goodbye for the final time, admitting the hardest thing was the choice of food.

Lovely: Harry was the first King Of The Jungle since 2014, and after taking his victorious bridge walk was finally reunited with his beloved wife of 54 years Sandra



Open: Speaking about his jungle experience, Harry credited his fellow campmates with helping him through the ordeal, as he struggled with the choices of food

It came after the former Tottenham Hotspur boss sparked concern among viewers due to his shocking weight loss, with reports circulating that he was refusing to eat some of the meals.

He told Dec and Holly: ‘It was tougher than I expected really tougher, no one gives you anything you’ve got to get your stars to get food, I’ve made so many good friends it’s been an unbelievable experience.

‘I thought we’d get a nice bit of grub every night, I thought there was a caravan I thought to my wife they’re not sitting there starving, they cut go round the back.’

Touching: Harry also had nothing but kind words to say about his fellow campmates, adding: ‘I’m amazed I survived three weeks when I first came in and I thought I’m in trouble here…but they just dragged me in every single one of them’

And after melting the hearts of viewers with his sweet tales about wife Sandra, Harry struggled to hold back tears after watching back their sweet jungle reunion.

But it seems some things will never change, as Harry confessed he doesn’t think the camp experience will help him in the domestic department.

He said: ‘I’ll still be shouting out San where’s my socks San where’s this I must say that 50 times a day at home.’ 

Gone: It comes after John Barrowman finished in third place on the final

It comes after John Barrowman finished in third place on the final.

The 51-year-old actor struggled to hold back tears as he headed into the treehouse for his interview, admitting it was one of the toughest AND best things he had ever done.   

Speaking after his departure, John candidly told Dec and Holly he was feeling both relief and excitement as he made an emotional exit.

He added: ‘It’s surreal it’s amazing it’s probably one of the best things I have ever done, and can count it on the top five things I’ve done my career. 

‘It was harder than I ever thought. I tried to submerge myself in doing things, and hit a wall after four days. It’s probably one of the toughest things, if anyone does it in the future, it’s the best things but one of the toughest things.’ 

Dec and Holly also touched on his incredibly positive demeanour throughout the series, alongside his impromptu musical numbers. 

‘I like to make sure people are happy, I find myself as the joker and fun person in the family,’ he said.

‘I’ve learned from a lot more people who have a much more difficult time than I have to keep smiling in the face of adversity.’

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    Farewell! Speaking after his departure, John candidly told Dec and Holly he was feeling both relief and excitement as he made an emotional exit

    Lovely: When asked whether he had held his tongue when speaking to certain campmates – as viewers saw tension between him and Noel Edmonds soon after his arrival – John awkwardly admitted he kept mum on more than one occasion

    When asked whether he had held his tongue when speaking to certain campmates – as viewers saw tension between him and Noel Edmonds soon after his arrival – John awkwardly admitted he kept mum on more than one occasion.

    He added: ‘I might not agree with things that are being said by a lot of people, like Scott said think before you say something. I want to think about it and then I’ll give you my opinion.’

    As the interview came to a close, they also touched on John’s hilarious friendship with Emily, with the pair’s antics leaving viewers in hysterics on more than one occasion. 

    Speaking about their close friendship, John said: ‘As soon as I met Emily I knew we’re gonna be lifelong friends, Emily has a special place in my heart and she will be if she calls me up at 3am and wants to talk I’m there.’

    Close: As the interview came to a close, they also touched on John’s hilarious friendship with Emily, with the pair’s antics leaving viewers in hysterics on more than one occasion 

    It was the series’ conclusion that fans had long been awaiting, as after Fleur East’s departure on Saturday, Emily, Harry and John were revealed as the final three.

    But before they said their goodbyes to the camp, they each had to endure one more Bushtucker Trial which would win them a luxury three course meal of their choice for their last evening in camp.

    Emily was up first playing for the camp’s starters, along with a drink and special treat for herself, in the famous Fill Your Face challenge.

    The comedic actress had to place her head inside the plastic globe while it was being filled with critters, and every minute she endured would earn her a star.


    Last one! It comes after Emily was first to endure one more Bushtucker Trial, with the famous task Fill Your Face, to win starters for her, John and Harry

    Tough: The comedic actress had to place her head inside the plastic globe while it was being filled with critters, and every minute she endured would earn her a star

    Petrified: It was a difficult feat for Emily to complete the challenge, and at one point she screamed: ‘I want my mum! Christmas, Christmas,’ just before 20 scorpions went in

    Sensational: She continued to shake with terror, as the timer reached four minutes and into her final 60 seconds Dec announced that 15 large spiders were going in


    She did it! But after spending the series screaming at being covered in bugs, she endured the task and thus won all three starters, a drink and a treat

    Get it off! After batting the bugs away from Emily, Holly was left screaming in terror as they crawled towards her and Dec, jumping around in horror


    Stay away! With Dec baffled as to what to do, Holly couldn’t hide her fear at the close encounter with the bugs

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      It was a difficult feat for Emily to complete the challenge, and at one point she screamed: ‘I want my mum! Christmas, Christmas,’ just before 20 scorpions went in at the three minute mark.

      She continued to shake with terror, as the timer reached four minutes and into her final 60 seconds Dec announced that 15 large spiders were going in. They crawled over her head and onto her face. As the presenters counted her down the last seconds: ‘You’ve done it,’ said Holly ‘It’s all over. Shake, shake, shake,’ as she batted the bugs away from Emily.

      But after spending the series screaming at being covered in bugs, she endured the task and thus won all three starters, a drink and a treat. 

      But at one point it seemed Holly was battling a trial of her own, as she ran about and clung to Dec in horror as the bugs began crawling towards her.

      Dec was left in hysterics as he jokingly said he didn’t know what to do, while Holly jumped and screamed around in fear. 


      Hilarious: Next to return to the Bushtucker Trial clearing was John, who had to face the ever-dreaded Bushtucker Bonanza, chowing down on some of the animals most intimate areas to win three main courses

      Gross: The entertainer had to battle the temptation of some of his favourite dishes instead tucking into all manner of jungle snacks



      Disgusting: The entertainer struggled to chow down on some of Bush Tucker, with him saying the beach worms tasted like ‘s***’

      Next to return to the Bushtucker Trial clearing was John, who had to face the ever-dreaded Bushtucker Bonanza, chowing down on some of the animals most intimate areas to win three main courses.

      The entertainer had to battle the temptation of some of his favourite dishes instead tucking into all manner of jungle snacks.

      First on the menu was beach worms which John quickly said tasted like ‘s**t,’ followed by a dead water spider.

      Putting it in his mouth and throwing his head back to swallow them, Holly asked him what spider tasted like, leading him to respond: ‘The whole web ass exploded in my mouth and that was horrible.’

      The next course was a surprise new addition to the jungle menu – goat eyes, which John said: ‘tasted a little bit goaty, I don’t like this restaurant by the way ‘

      Too funny: At one point John appeared near-delusional as he ate the dishes, in a bid to win three main courses for the camp


      Gross: Also among the dishes were a dead spider, goat’s eyes and a bull’s penis, with the star hoping to also win a drink and treat for himself

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        Fourth was a Bushtucker favourite – and supposed Australian delicacy – the blended fermented duck egg.

        He added: ‘It tasted like an egg that has been fermented and came out the duck’s rectum rather than the regular bit.’

        And the final dish proved to be the most difficult for John – a bull’s penis.

        John cried out: ‘I knew you were going to give me a penis! I hate you, you evil people, go away,’ before putting the bull’s penis in his mouth and chewed away at it. 

        ‘Is it a bit chewy, a bit grisly?’ Holly asked. John gave her the thumbs up. 

        The final dish meant John earned a full house, with three main courses, a drink and treat for the camp.

        Well done! After also enduring a glass of blended fermented egg, John got a full house in the trial, earning three main courses for the camp

        And thus Harry was the last celebrity to face his trial, again with the classic endurance challenge Danger Down Under, where the football manager had to lie in an underground chamber for five minutes to win desserts, along with his own drink and treat.

        As the 71-year-old was placed in the chamber, it slowly began to fill with rats, but he remained unfazed.

        At one point Dec asked: ‘Any idea what else is in there with you?’ Harry was concentrating so didn’t reply. ‘He’s going up my shorts, he won’t find a lot up there’ said Harry.

        Dec said ‘There’s rats in there with you.’

        ‘Oh don’t, I hate rats, I’m scared of rats, don’t let one go up my leg please, oh my god’ said Harry. ‘Arhhh, he’s scratching my face’ added Harry. 

        Hard: And thus Harry was the last celebrity to face his trial, again with the classic endurance challenge Danger Down Under

        Tough time: The football manager had to lie in an underground chamber for five minutes to win desserts, along with his own drink and treat

        Don’t be scared: While Harry had remained unfazed by a majority of the trials, Harry admitted he was petrified by rats as the chamber began to fill with them

        As four minutes passed he added: ‘It’s gone in my ear, I swear.’

        ‘You’ve got a rat in your ear?’ asked Dec. ‘What is it?’ asked Holly. ‘I don’t know’ said Harry.  

        Harry completed the trial to earn yet another full house and the chamber opened. 

        But he still thought he had something in his ear so Medic Bob came in and identified he had a cricket in his ear, Harry stood still and Bob swiftly removed it.

        Finishing the trial he told Dec and Holly: ‘It’s been a great experience, I’ve loved it. It’s been amazing. My mates all said you’d last 2 days Harry, that I’d miss my family and football, you won’t last 2 days and I’m still here today.’ 


        Look at that! Harry completed the trial to earn yet another full house, but Medic Bob had to step in and removed a cricket from his ear

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