Stepney-born Harry Redknapp crowned King of the Jungle
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Stepney-born Harry Redknapp has been crowned King of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
The football manager, who attended Sir Humphrey Gilbert School in the East End, said he was stunned to have won the ITV reality series.
He beat Emily Atack to the title, while John Barrowman was third.
Harry, who had never watched the ITV programme before entering the camp, said: “I’m amazed I survived three weeks.”
He said when he arrived on the show he was worried he would have nothing in common with his fellow campers, but that they had helped him make it through.
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“They’ve pulled me up hills, they’ve dragged me through the water,” he laughed.
During his three weeks in the jungle, Harry entertained with amusing tales about his life, and charmed viewers with his love for Sandra, his wife of 54 years.
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He also proved to be a worthy contestant when it came to Bushtucker trials, tackling an assault course, getting covered in rats and eating “delicacies” like a sheep’s brain.
His son, footballer-turned-pundit Jamie Redknapp, wrote in the Daily Mail that Harry showed he was a “funny, down-to-earth man who loves his family”.
He said: “My enduring memory from Dad’s time in the jungle will be the day he was reunited with my mum, Sandra.
“When he gets his phone back, it won’t stop ringing. He’ll be begging to go back to the jungle!”
Runner-up Emily said she was “honoured” to have been in the final alongside Harry, who she said was a “worthy winner”.
During the final episode, all three remaining celebrities had to take on a last Bushtucker trial to win a feast for their last supper.
Emily went first and had to wear a helmet filled with critters such as cockroaches and spiders.
John was tasked with eating a vile array of jungle dishes, including a dead spider.
Harry’s trial saw him lying down in an underground chamber while creepy crawlies and rats ran all over him.
Harry was handed his crown of twigs by previous winners Scarlett Moffatt and Joe Swash.
As the final ended, Donnelly thanked Holly Willoughby, who filled in for his usual presenting partner Ant McPartlin this year.
“Thank you, you have been amazing,” he said.
Holly said she had had “the time of my life”.