Hollywood actor Lou Diamond Phillips was crowned the champion of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! During Wednesday night’s lives finale broadcast on the NBC, co host Damien Fahey announced Phillips as “King of the Jungle”.
“This experience has proven to be so much greater than I expected it to be,” Phillips said in a video clip that aired before his triumph was revealed. “I expected it to be a competition. I expected it to be hard. What I did not expect was the emotional bonds that we’ve created, the foundation of relationships that will go on from here.”
The final three included retired NBA player John Salley , Former wrestler Torrie Wilson and of course Phillips. The winner was determined by viewers voting. Phillips made an impression on viewers and also fellow celebrity cast.
Salley was the first of the three remaining finalists to be eliminated from the finale based on the voting results of Tuesday night, leaving Phillips and Wilson to duke it out.
“The public has decided and voted and I can honestly tell you two that it was incredibly close. Incredibly close,” Fahey told the pair before revealing Wilson Phillips’ victory.
“Congratulations, you deserve it,” Wilson told Phillips as she immediately embraced him.
Other celebrities on the show were former American Idol finalist Sanjaya Malakar, former supermodel Janice Dickinson, Patti Blagojevich, the wife of indicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, Baldwin brother actors Stephen Baldwin, and Daniel Baldwin; “Frangela” comedy duo members Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, and The Hills stars Spencer Pratt, his new wife Heidi Montag and her older sister Holly Montag also competed on the show.