Richard Reid has been voted King of the Jungle after winning I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2019, but joked that he should be crowned Queen.
The entertainment reporter defeated former Gogglebox critic Yvie Jones for the 2019 title, with ex Footy Show presenter Shane Crawford as second runner-up.
He wins $100,000 for his chosen charity, Beyond Blue.
Reid squealed his way through nine camp challenges, providing plenty of laughter for viewers, including trials with snakes, scorpions, gross food, heights, dark tunnels and especially electricity.
But he was also something of a ‘father figure’ to younger cast members, especially close to Angie Kent and Justin Lacko. He was also open about family, personal struggles and a dash of celebrity dirt.
Yvie Jones was praised for her honesty, and notably declining to weigh-in to test weight loss, while Shane Crawford’s leadership skills proved essential.
The finale, filmed last week in South Africa, included multiple endings to avoid spoilers leaking to media.
10’s series was trimmed this year and launched earlier against tennis and sport. For 10 it began strong demonstrating entertainment was a solid alternative to summer sport, but dipped against reality juggernauts Married at First Sight and My Kitchen Rules. Amid some negative press, and headlines from Foxtel’s Brian Walsh over casting, 10 defiantly renewed the show for 2019.
Hosts Julia Morris & Dr. Chris Brown now head into their new variety show Sunday Night Takeaway, also produced by ITV Studios Australia, launching on February 24.