Jill Scott has been crowned Queen of the Jungle after winning I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Sunday evening.
The former England footballer, 35, who was the bookies’ favorite to triumph, received the most votes from the public, with actor Owen Warner coming second after both spent 23 days in the camp.
Former health secretary MP Matt Hancock finished third.
In a public vote on the final night of the programme, the former health secretary received the least support, leaving Jill Scott and Owen Warner as the two remaining contestants.
Hancock will return to face questions about his future at Westminster. His 18 days in the Australian jungle saw him suspended from the Conservative Parliamentary Party and criticized by colleagues including Rishi Sunak.
The Prime Minister said he was “very disappointed” by his colleague’s decision to leave his constituents behind to appear on the reality show.
Campaigners from the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group also criticized his appearance, for a fee reportedly of £400,000.
Hancock told presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly that he acknowledged taking part in the program was “controversial”.
He said: “I know it was controversial to come here, I know some people said people in your position shouldn’t put themselves in embarrassing situations.
“But we’re all human, and we all get into it.”
He added: “I just wanted to show what I’m like as a person, a lot of people come to me with preconceived ideas for a lot of reasons. And I just wanted to be myself.”
With the Conservative whip removed, the current independent MP could be stopped from standing again for parliament in West Suffolk.
Tory MPs have been given until December 5 to decide whether to stand again, after which the party can choose a new candidate for his safe seat.
Hancock, Scott and Warner made the final on Saturday after Mike Tindall became the eighth celebrity to be eliminated.
In the final episode of the 2022 series, the trio had to complete their final bushtucker attempts in a bid to win a starter, main course and dessert of their choice, as well as drinks and treats.
For the first time, the celebrities could see each other attempt to complete the challenges, with Scott taking on the first trial where she was in a box infested with rats and cockroaches and had to release the stars with her tongue.
Warner, 23, was next up for a trial where he would win main courses for himself and his campmates if he managed to eat a selection of five unconventional dishes, including a fermented duck egg and a camel testicle.
Hancock took on the final trial, Flood Your Face, in which the MP had his head encased in a tank of water, wearing a snorkel to breathe, for five minutes, as various creatures were added around his face, including eels , yabbies and water spiders.
The trio completed each of their challenges and earned all available stars.
Each of the camp mates were rewarded with their bespoke three-course meals, with Hancock choosing garlic prawns, followed by steak and fries with a side salad of mozzarella.
Warner chose a calamari starter with a quadruple stacked steak burger with cheese and bacon and chips for his main, while Scott chose prawn cocktail for starter followed by a traditional steak Sunday dinner with gravy and Yorkshire pudding and a cheese board for dessert.