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'I'm a Celeb' Rosemary Shrager interview: 'I'd be upset if Eric won'

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After 13 days in the jungle, TV chef Rosemary Shrager waved goodbye to her fellow campers on Tuesday night's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! The 61-year-old lost more than two stone in weight during her jungle journey, and she was very eager to tell us all about it on her first day of freedom...

I'm A Celebrity 2012: Rosemary Shrager

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How are you feeling, Rosemary?
"I feel great. I've lost two stone and three pounds on the jungle diet. It's a world record! Well, it's the record of the show. I beat Christopher Biggins, which means I'm at the top of the weight loss chart for the show. I even get a Wikipedia entry! I'm absolutely delighted."

Does this mean we'll see a Rosemary Shrager fitness video next year?
"No, but David and I are going to continue with these boxing exercises. We're going to boxercise together in the UK! It's funny because I started those exercises when I decided I wanted to learn about boxing. I went in there and I said, 'I don't like boxing'. And that was the truth; I don't like to see people hitting each other and hurting each other. I don't think that's very nice, so it's not my sport - but then I thought I should learn about it because there's obviously a skill to it."

Did you regret telling David you didn't like boxing?
"No, no. I say things as it is, so I'm fine with that. It's brilliant exercise, though. And not only that; it's skilful and it's hard. I have true respect for David now. He is the champion of champions. He's like a great big piece of solid beef."

Why did you decide to sign up for the jungle?
"Firstly, I wanted to lose weight. Secondly, I wanted to do something so alien to me. Also, I love the programme and I think it's terribly funny. I thought I'd see the humour in the show. Had I really known what it was really like, and how intense everything was, I would still go in but I'd be more nervous about the show now. It's really difficult in there."

What didn't you expect to be so tough in the jungle?
"I didn't expect the intensity of being around people all the time. That was tough. Being criticised a lot of the time by your fellow mates was also tough. People kept saying I was bossy and too controlling."

Was the criticism constant?
"It was not constant, but it was always there. It always showed its ugly head. Nobody was nasty, but that's how their personalities worked. You have to learn to live with each other and that's difficult. You have to learn to live as a family."

I'm A Celebrity 2012: David Haye

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I'm A Celebrity 2012: Eric Bristow

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Eric Bristow gave you a lot of grief in the jungle. What was the most hurtful comment he made to you?
"I didn't like the way Eric kept going on about my weight. That was snipey. His 'vending machine' comment wasn't very nice either. That was uncalled for. That was stupid. I thought to myself, 'You are so stupid, Eric. If only you could hear yourself saying these silly things. You're too old to say that to somebody like me'. If I want to be like a tank, which I am, then let me be a tank. I know I've got to lose weight, but he should judge himself first."

What do you think of Eric Bristow?
"I think Eric is a funny man, but what he missed was the fact that we all had needs in the jungle. He didn't take into consideration anyone else's needs but his own. He never considered other people's feelings and that's not a nice character trait. If he got rid of that trait, I think he'd be fabulous."

Did Eric's jibes ever stop?
"I was getting no let up from him at all. None. He didn't give way for the whole time I was in there. I had to constantly put up with those jibes from him, and that's not easy to do for two weeks. That's a type of bullying. It was stupid. It was a psychological thing, but I handled it. It was water off a duck's back. I let him bring it on apart from one or two moments when I got irate."

Does Eric think he can win?
"Eric thinks he can get right to the end. In a way, he's been entertaining in there - but I'd be upset if he won because I don't think he deserves it. He doesn't deserve it as much as Ashley and people like that who are charming. She never said a bad word about anybody."

Do the remaining contestants have a game plan in the jungle?
"I think there are a couple of people who have a game plan in there. I tried to have a game plan myself. I said I was going to stand back for three days and let it all happen - but the moment I got into camp, I couldn't hold back. I've never seen anything go out of the window so quickly in all my life!"

Helen Flanagan, I'm a Celebrity 2012

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Do you think Helen had a game plan?
"I think Helen went in there because she loves her modelling and that's what she wants to do. Good on her and I hope she does really well with it. She's much more clever than people think, though. She's a bright girl and she knows what she's doing."

Do you think the public saw through Helen's game plan?
"I think the public sees through everything. I think the public is savvy. I'm sure I know why I went yesterday. I think I went because I was complaining about Hugo. They got fed up with me. I can understand it, but Hugo was disrespectful."

Do you regret the way you argued with Hugo?
"I don't regret arguing with Hugo. I wish I'd done more. I don't regret anything because I kept it together, but it wasn't the place to do it. If I was to do it, I should have told him privately. Who am I to tell him how to behave?"

Why did he anger you?
"Hugo pushed my buttons. I just wanted him to be more respectful of me. I've been a chef for 30 years and I've worked my little butt off. I have to get out there and work like 99% of the population, but because he doesn't have to do that doesn't make him a better person; it makes him a lucky person. Have more respect for your elders, Hugo. That's what I really wanted to say."

Does he ever show respect?
"I'm sure he does, but he often lacked respect for me, especially when I was cooking. Listen, I wouldn't have done what he did to anyone. For instance, I wouldn't have argued with David about how to box. I wouldn't have argued with Eric about how to throw a dart. Well, why argue with me about how to cook? I rest my case."

Hugo Taylor in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Her

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I'm a Celebrity continues tonight (November 29) at 8.30pm on ITV1.

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