Charlie Brooks crowned Queen of the Jungle

Former soap star Charlie Brooks, known to her closes friends as Janine off Eastenders and not to be confused with Charlie Brooker has been crowned Queen of the Jungle in I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. She beat out former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts to win the 12th series of the programme.

She had been on the verge of quitting the show after a particularly tasteless and cruel twist thrown into the mix by the producers who brought her seven year old daughter into the equation. In an astonishing display of ethics gone mad, her daughter Kiki was placed behind a door in the Door to Door task, and when Charlie failed to select the correct door, the child was not allowed to see her mother, making one wonder who will be footing the therapy bills in the months to come.

'It felt like someone had taken a boot and kicked me in the guts. I didn’t even think having a member of family behind the door would have been an option. This is heartbreaking,' Charlie said after she realised what had happened.

The final trial involved a three course meal that had both her and Ashley Roberts retching all over the shop. Ashley claimed: “That was the most disgusting thing I've ever done in my life. That fish eyeball and the popping of the eyeball… It smelled! I am never doing anything like that again in my entire life!!”

Charlie added: “I feel absolutely traumatised. It was horrendous.”

So it was all totally worth it then.

Charlie emerged as a clear contender only in recent weeks as the more dramatic personalities fell away and certain politicians who will remain nameless to spare them any more of the oxygen of publicity were sent home. But Charlie’s natural charm and easy manner saw her win through in the end and a find a place in public hearts.

Speaking to hosts Ant and Dec after winning, she said: “It feels silly. I never imagined this for a million years.”

No doubt fame, fortune and a lifetime of being taken seriously awaits the victor. Well maybe.

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