Two stars snub I’m A Celeb final
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After weeks of campsite feuding, bombshell revelations and shock departures - Ant and Dec finally put the chaos of the series to an end and crowned this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winner.
Last night (10 December), Made in Chelsea star Sam Thompson was announced as the 2023 King of the Jungle with the likes of former professional boxer Tony Bellew as runner-up to the throne and Nigel Farage coming in at third place.
To congratulate Sam on his victory, the evicted campmates all returned to the jungle for the live final – but viewers noticed two stars were missing from the line-up. Have a look:
Over the last week, we've slowly said goodbye to this year's line-up - with the exception of food critic Grace Dent and US actor Jamie Lynn Spears, who both left the show prematurely during the second week, citing respective 'medical reasons'.
Other than Grace and Jamie Lynn, however, the remaining campmates have been voted off by the public each evening.
Since then, there were two very noticeable absentees at the final yesterday, with the likes of the Masterchef star and the Zoey 101 actor seemingly snubbing their return Down Under to watch the winner being crowned with the rest of the eight contestants.
Grace left the jungle and returned back to the UK, saying she was 'overwhelmingly sad' about her departure and insisted she was trying to recover from the ordeal.
She later went on to tell her fans on Instagram: "Dear friends. Thank you for the outpouring of love I’ve received since I was removed on Monday.
"I am overwhelmingly sad right now, but determined to keep alive in my heart the huge personal breakthroughs I made over the weeks.
"I spent 15 days without a phone or any contact with loved ones, living much of the time outdoors in a rain forest in very wet weather.
"It gave me a short, sharp glimpse into the pain some folk worldwide endure. Normal life, forever, will always feel beautiful."
The restaurant critic continued: "Until now, I had no idea I could find a mental space where I could calmly climb down the side of a sky scraper and then slide out on a pole, unlocking stars, as the cars below on the street felt the size of ants.
She finished up the Instagram statement with a sweet tribute to all her fans who tuned in each night to root for her.
"I hope I gave you all a smile," Grace penned. "I didn’t go out as I planned or I wanted, but I did what I could, and I did it in a siren red gel manicure without chipping a nail.
"I didn’t cry when I took off my bra to find a family of mealworms living in the right cup. At some level, this *must* be an achievement."
Jamie Lynn, however, had a far more brief exit from camp, telling her fans: "I can't wait to share with y'all everything about this once in a lifetime experience, but I don't even know where to start when trying to describe what an incredibly special time and place I had with some of the absolute best humans I have ever met and consider family now.
"THANK Y'ALL for welcoming me into your living rooms night after night, and for supporting me through all the highs and lows."
The singer also took to Instagram last night to congratulate Sam on his win, saying she is 'so proud of all my campmates' and 'can't wait to see everyone soon'.