Harry Redknapp planning ‘jungle book’ to reveal major I’m A Celebrity secrets
Harry Redknapp is planning a “jungle book” and has scored other deals which will make much more than his £500,000 appearance fee on I’m A Celebrity.
Last night even before the series winner was announced, show sources said he was already the real winner when it came to earning power.
And former football manager Harry, 71, said: “It’s been a great experience, I’ve loved it. It’s been amazing. My mates all said ‘you’ll last two days Harry’, that I’d miss my family and football and I’m still here today. I have laughed and laughed and laughed, it’s been brilliant.
“I can’t wait to kiss Sandra and have a shower.”
Harry is set to reveal exactly what went on in camp in a new autobiography covering the past five years.
He has already written five books in the past and is expected to add a sixth with more about I’m A Celebrity and his personal life with Sandra. It is understood several publishers think it could be a bestseller and want to make offers.
Giving his high and low points from the series Harry added: “My highlight was the banquet, I’d not eaten for four days and to see that food I’d never forget that.
“I didn’t like the Dolls House task, I wasn’t crazy about that. Other than that for me to go and ruin Frank Sinatra and sing My Way in front of millions of people it has been amazing and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Harry’s family are also winners when it comes to I’m A Celebrity – as he will shower them with christmas gifts after his jungle adventure.
Despite huge earnings Harry insists he is not too bothered about having loads in the bank .
Explaining why he is not fussed about being rich, he said in his 2014 autobiography: “I go to a hole in the wall, I’ve got a number memorised somewhere, I get £150 out, put it in my pocket and I’m happy. As long as I’ve got £150, I never worry.
“Sandra hides our bank statements most of the time. We’re paying for the grandkids to do this and that, we put some of them through school, and I don’t know the half of it. When a bill comes in that I might not like, Sandra probably pays it, then tears it up. What Harry doesn’t know won’t hurt him – that seems to be the policy. My dad wouldn’t have been any different.”
Harry, who had never watched the show before, won viewers over from the start with his brilliant anecdotes and love of his wife Sandra.
Hours before he entered camp he told the Mirror: “We were going out for four years, we’ve been married 50 years. The secret? Just find someone you love. I love being with my wife. I love every day, just being with her. I’m not embarrassed to say that. I love her so much, I’ve been very lucky. Jamie and Mark my sons say I’ve won the lottery. I think they’re right.”
In episode three he explained how he met Sandra, telling John Barrowman: “Me and my mate Macca saw these two lovely girls and I said to Macca shall we have a dance with those two.
“Macca is a good looking geezer and I look back on it now and think Sandra must have seen us both coming over and thought ‘I hope I ain’t got him’ (referring to himself) and she went for me, 54 years later we’re still going strong. And Macca ended up as an undertaker so really Sandra had the better deal in the long term.”
Campmates who left the show said he spoke of her every day as “my life” and when she was allowed briefly into camp as part of a reunion earlier this week it left Harry in tears and melted people’s hearts.
Harry also built up an unlikely friendship with Noel Edmonds when he arrived as a late entry and was Emperor in a task and chose to make Harry his advisor.
The pair got to sleep on beds in their own quarters and laughed and joked together before taking on a gruesome but memorable eating trial called Nero to zero.
After leaving the show, Noel told how he made his pal laugh saying: “Harry said ‘I didn’t laugh when I was a full-time football manager’, he said the stress and the strain and how quickly you are exposed to people hating you impacted on him and he couldn’t sleep.
Then he said ‘I became a miserable b*stard. I have not laughed this much until I met you’.
Noel also says there is an offer for the pair to make their own TV show next year if Harry wants to sign up.
But before any deals are done, Harry is expected today to tuck into some of the foods he loves but has missed out on – stew and dumplings, cheese rolls and jam roly poly which he mentioned almost daily.
Giving a farewell speech earlier this week as the evictions began, Harry said: “I’ve felt so at home here and loved every minute being around you all. There is not one person here I could say anything bad about, every one of you has been incredible to me and to each other. It’s been an unbelievable experience. I don’t understand what you are going on about but I love every one of you.”
I’m A Celebrity airs tonight on ITV at 9pm
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