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Chef Gino D'Acampo crowned King of the Jungle

Gino D'Acampo
D'Acampo said his sons could be 'princes' now he was King of the Jungle

Chef Gino D'Acampo has been crowned King of the Jungle in the final of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The Italian beat TV presenter Kim Woodburn to the title after three gruelling weeks of competition. Snooker star Jimmy White came third.

The winner of the reality TV show was forced to eat rotten egg, cockroaches, a crocodile's tongue and rhino beetles to win a dinner for his fellow campers.

"That was disgusting, you people are crazy. The worst was the egg," he said.

Gino told presenters Ant and Dec: "It feels great, I know that I'm going to get into some kind of civilisation very soon.

"These three weeks have been crazy, up and down. I don't think there's ever been a day when I've thought, 'what am I doing here, I should be at home doing something else' - I really enjoyed every bit of the experience."

Home comforts

The chef said that when he watched the show at home, he thought "it must be a trick".

"But no, you have to do everything here, big walk, spider in the mouth, tightrope, you really have to do everything - you come here and suffer."

"Queen of Clean" Kim, who fronts Channel 4 show How Clean Is Your House?, barely flinched in her challenge to win three starters as thousands of ants, grasshoppers, giant spiders, cockroaches and yabbies were poured over her body.

She said: "I'm delighted, I didn't want to fail anything - and I've got a cockroach on my nipple." Presenter Ant then joked: "Lucky fella."

Kim Woodburn and Jimmy White
Woodburn was voted runner-up while White finished third

After finishing in second place, Woodburn said: "I'm glad to be runner-up as honestly I thought I'd go out about third, fourth or fifth, but to be the runner up - I cannot believe this."

The 67-year-old said she missed her home comforts while she was in camp.

"You're taken from all your creature comforts, which you all take for granted, and suddenly you are dropped into a hell hole - there wasn't a scrap of comfort."

She added the eating trials were "absolutely horrible", saying: "If you think of it now, you could retch."

For his final Bush Tucker trial, Jimmy White was clamped in leg irons, handcuffed and locked in a flooded chamber with water spiders and creepy-crawlies to keep him company.

He managed to find the hidden keys to unlock himself and won three desserts for the camp.

Afterward he told presenters Ant and Dec: "I really got involved, and we all kept a nice group. The greatest thing for me was the group effort, we all became pals and helped each other out."

He also said he had lost 22lbs in weight and that he had learned a lot about himself during his time in the jungle.

In its three week run, the show has attracted an average audience of 8.4 million viewers, the highest since Carol Thatcher won in 2005.



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