I’m A Celeb fans left stunned by Sam Thompson’s real name
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After weeks of bizarre trials, shock departures and a whole lot of camp drama, Ant and Dec finally crowned Sam Thompson as the winner during I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! final last night (10 December).
His actual moniker, which is whole lot fancier than what we've all come to know him as, definitely fits his new title as King of the Jungle.
He will be replacing last year's Queen of the Jungle, footballer Jill Scott.
Documentary-maker Zara, 26, didn't greet Sam in person following his victory as it was thought she might be busy with the Strictly Come Dancing final. As a result, Sam's best friend Pete Wicks went to Australia instead.
Zara did, however, record a heartfelt congratulatory message to Sam, which was played during his interview this morning with Lorraine Kelly.
"I don't think the word proud even cuts it anymore," she says in the clip. "The way you carried yourself in that jungle and made everyone feel so comfortable, you brought such a sparkle to that camp.
"I've never never met anyone like you before. I love you so much and can't wait to have you back."
Sam quickly became emotional whilst watching the pre-recorded video, telling host Lorraine: "I miss her so much. I am so lucky to have her in my life – I have so many people asking 'how did you do that?' and I don’t know."
After he was crowned King of the Jungle, many fans have shared their surprise after learning Sam's real name.
The TV personality's real name is actually Samuel Robert De Courcy Thompson and a few hawk-eyed fans couldn't wait to share the news with others.
Journalist Liam Hamilton took to X to reveal: "Sam Thompson - aka ‘Samuel Robert De Courcy Thompson’, yes really! - crowned King of the Jungle in front of 7.5m viewers."
Another added: "Samuel Robert De Courcy Thompson has the right sort of name to make something of himself!"
Well, given his new royal status Down Under - I'd say he's done pretty much exactly that.
Fans rushed to social media to share their praise with one X, formerly Twitter, user congratulating: "Sam absolutely deserves the crown! He brought so much positive energies to the series!
"He’s also a very open minded person and good hearted."
A second added: "Well deserved! Full of positivity!"
A third fan chimed in: "Absolutely fantastic news! Massive congratulations Sam!!!"
"The most deserved winner - loved him!" echoed a final viewer.