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Sunday 20 April 2014

Paddick leaves boredom and hunger of jungle behind

Brian Paddick last night became the sixth person to be voted off I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!



The former police chief spent his final night behind bars with 40 rats, cockroaches and other nasty creatures in order to get the ingredients for a cooked breakfast for his campmates.

After his eviction, he explained why he went on the show.

He said: “For a long time I’ve been doing serious stuff. Thirty years in the police and running for mayor. It’s all bad news that they want me to comment on. So I thought why not come and do something trivial.”

Brian added that life in the jungle was a combination of hunger and boredom.

“It was hard work, particularly the hunger. I lost a stone of weight in two weeks. That’s a lot to lose.

“It gets pretty tedious. If you don’t get a trial or you don’t get a celebrity chest to do you’re just sitting around doing the same thing. Even the conversations were repeating themselves after a while because you just run out of things to say.”

He said he felt his attempts to create a harmonious camp had not been successful.

“I just wanted everybody to get along. I wanted to try and bring different sides together so that we had a happy camp,” he said.

Asked who he wanted to win, he replied: “Simon (Webbe). No doubt, no hesitation. He is such a talented guy, such a good guy and such a role model. He’s the guy I want to win.”

Earlier Simon won six out of seven stars for the camp.

The singer, who has been ill in recent days, stepped up to do the Bush Tucker Trial called Last Ga-sp.

Arriving at the challenge he confessed to presenters Ant and Dec that he had a fear of water.

“I don’t swim at all but didn’t want to say anything in camp,” he said.

Under the water were bubbles guarded by various jungle critters.

He revealed: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Anything after this is a breeze.”

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