US sitcom Alfonso Ribeiro said he was glad to be voted out in a double eviction alongside Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington in the latest I’m A Celebrity.
Alfonso, who played cousin Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Becky became the sixth and seventh contestants to be voted off the show, set in an Australian jungle.
He said while barely surviving several earlier eliminations gave him a false sense of hope, he was ready to leave. “I almost lost it back there,” he said.
“I’m so ready to see my wife and (son) AJ – thank you for finally giving me my wish.”
Alfonso said he had been in the bottom two contestants almost every week.
“I’d finally gotten to that place where I figured I was going to be there until the end, so I was upset, but I was like all right, here it is. I can’t change it at this point so let me just keep a positive mind’,” he said.
Before the elimination, the contestants took on some of TV’s most familiar faces to win tickets to a hot tub party.
A television was brought into camp so the celebrities could compete with names including Davina McCall, former Spice Girl Mel B and Peter Andre.
Fashion designer David Emanuel was first up to see who could hold a note the longest and outsang Davina, but Lucy Pargeter flopped in a hula hoop challenge against former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts.
The Emmerdale actress protested about her pop star rival, saying it was not a ‘fair’ contest, but did not mind when she lost.
She said: “I don’t like hot tubs – they remind me of warm wee wee in a bath. No one can do it, I’ve never been able to hula hoop so I’ll take one for the team.”
Becky also lost out when she took on Loose Women host Janet Street Porter to see who could unravel a roll of sticky tape the quickest, but Alfonso restored some pride when he beat Dermot O’Leary in a spinning-around-on-the-spot competition.
Reality TV star Joey Essex and model Amy Willerton won their own individual challenges but failed as a pair when This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield beat them in a balloon-popping contest.