King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp has admitted he had a tough time on I’m a Celebrity, because he had nothing in common with his campmates and thought the lack of food would be faked for the cameras.
Redknapp, who cheerfully admitted to never having watched the ITV series before he signed up, said although he liked all of the other celebrities, he struggled to find any common ground with them.
He told Good Morning Britain: “My campmates were talking about music, the theatre, I never had a clue what they were talking about.
“They were on about what they listen to in the morning and I said TalkSport, but not one of them had ever heard of TalkSport.
“I started taking about Harry Kane, James (McVey) and Nick (Knowles) had heard of him, but the others never had.”
The former football manager admitted to being equally baffled by the food situation.
He explained: “I’d never seen a single minute of this show. I thought there’d be a caravan round the back serving bacon sandwiches and tea, then we’d all sit round on the log making out we were hungry, then they’d go ‘ok, cut’, and we’d all have a nice cup of tea.
“But I couldn’t find the caravan anywhere.”
However, the small rations did mean that Redknapp lost some weight. He said: “I’ve done a stone, I thought I might have done a bit more.”
Fans of the show were won over by Redknapp’s love for his wife of 54 years, Sandra, who he often talked about missing during the series.
He said: “I don’t care what people think, I love her like mad, she’s my life.
“Jamie (Redknapp) always says to me, ‘Dad, how did you pull her, you’re punching so far above your weight’. He’s not wrong.”
The popular winner added that his friends would be just as confused as he was by how he had come top in the show.
He said: “I’ve got to be honest, a few of my mates have lost a few quid, I think they all had their money on me being the first one thrown out.
“They said you won’t last a week without the family, the football, the racing, the food.”