It is with regret that we announce the winner of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! will not be an Exonian in 2017. Stanley Johnson (1959, English) was the first Exonian ever to compete in the popular reality TV show, but sadly on 6 December he became the fifth person to be voted out of the jungle camp this year.
On leaving the show he said “I’m distraught to be out but I’ve loved every minute of it,” and thanked the public for their support. He also raised eyebrows by enquiring whether his son, Boris Johnson, is still the Foreign Secretary.
I’m a Celebrity throws 12 celebrities into the heat of Australia’s jungle where they have to survive without luxuries for up to three weeks and take part in trials where they can win extra rations for the campmates to eat. The trials include overcoming fears of heights, insects and rats.
Viewers vote for who they want to take part in the trials and also who they want to remain in the jungle, deciding ultimately who is the king or queen of the jungle as one by one the contestants are evicted.
Seventy-seven-year-old Stanley is a former politician and an author, his latest book a novel called Kompromat. A committed environmentalist, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for for The Gorilla Organization in 2011 and again in 2013 to raise funds for Exeter College. Stanley was a popular member of the camp, both with his fellow celebrities and with viewers, and his eviction took many people by surprise. He had been among the bookmakers’ favourites to win the show.