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Buerk's wife: He won't quit jungle

Michael Buerk's wife Christine has said I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! viewers shouldn't worry about her husband quitting because he has been through far worse things than anything the jungle can throw at him.

Christine listed the many tough scenarios Michael had faced in his time as a foreign correspondent that made the jungle seem like a walk in the park in comparison, in an interview with the Daily Mail.

She said: "Michael isn't a quitter. I don't see him walking out. He's been in worse places. He's been shot at, he's been gassed, he's been blown up in an ammunition dump explosion, he's seen a sound guy die, he's seen a cameraman lose his arm.

"I would be really, really surprised if he broke. It's a strange environment, but he's worked in all types of environments in the past.

"He was a foreign correspondent for many years and a lot of people only seem to remember him presenting the news - but he was out in the field for years before he did the presentation job. He's been in a lot of tough places."

Viewers have seen Michael lose a large amount of weight while rationed to the camp's 500 calories a day of rice and beans if no challenges are won, but Christine said she was sure he would be fine.

She revealed: "Michael actually loves rice and beans. I was quite horrified to realise that they only get 500 calories a day in the jungle.

"He was quite slim when he arrived. I was trying to encourage him to build up before coming out here, which he didn't do. He's not got a lot of spare flesh on him, but he's in good shape. I think it's far, far healthier to be a little bit underweight than overweight.

"I don't think there's a massive difference. I've been quite amused by some of the tweets actually. They've said things like, 'Get your top back on, Michael!'."

Christine added of how her husband was doing: "At the beginning, I thought he was rather quiet and subdued - but I think he's really got into it now. He does look a bit glum in there, though. With only 500 calories a day, they haven't got enough energy to smile as well.

"I'm sure he'd walk if somebody died, like with Craig [Charles]. That was so awful. I can't imagine anything else making him walk.

"But he's quite competitive. I wouldn't be surprised if he's the first out."

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