Former EastEnders star Cliff Parisi revealed during his I'm A Celebrity exit interview with Ant and Dec that he had smuggled in salt and pepper which
I'm A Celeb's Cliff Parisi shocks Ant and Dec by saying he smuggled in contraband

I'm A Celeb's Cliff Parisi shocks Ant and Dec by saying he smuggled in contraband

I'm A Celeb's Cliff Parisi shocks Ant and Dec by saying he smuggled in contraband

I'm A Celeb's Cliff Parisi shocks Ant and Dec by saying he smuggled in contraband

I'm A Celeb's Cliff Parisi shocks Ant and Dec by saying he smuggled in contraband

I'm A Celeb's Cliff Parisi shocks Ant and Dec by saying he smuggled in contraband
I'm A Celeb's Cliff Parisi shocks Ant and Dec by saying he smuggled in contraband
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Cliff Parisi shocked I'm A Celebrity hosts Ant and Dec with a surprise revelation after he was voted out of the jungle.

The 59-year-old former EastEnders and Call the Midwife star told the Geordie duo that he had managed to smuggle contraband into camp.

Cliff was up against Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Caitlyn Jenner to be the next leaving the Australian jungle and after he received the least amount of votes, his jungle adventure was over.

He has a surprise up his sleeve though as Cliff revealed that he kept his pecker up by sneaking in salt and pepper to help make the rice and beans more palatable.

It is against show rules to bring into camp anything that producers deem 'illegal' and there is usually punishment for the camp if there are any transgressions.

Cliff was pleased to leave the jungle camp

During his exit interview with Ant and Dec Cliff said: "Unless you've done it you've got no idea, it's really worth doing, loved it, met some fantastic people.

"I'd advise anyone who gets offered to do this show, do it, it's incredible, but the first week was hard."

Cliff revealed that he struggled at first to fit into camp.

He continued: There were a lot of big characters in there, I went into myself, I felt a bit isolated."

He decided on a plan of action. Cliff said: "Why don't you just sit back and watch and enjoy it? and in time the opportunities arose to become more involved."

Cliff then dropped the bombshell that he had sneaked in contraband.

Cliff admitted to smuggling in contraband

He said: "I did sneak some stuff in in my pants, some salt and pepper. Yeah I did."

Ant admitted: "We never saw that, very sneaky."

Despite his underhand way of pepping up his jungle adventure, Cliff admitted that the reason why he signed up for I'm A Celebrity in the first place was driven by the "tax man."

Cliff will enjoy his time in Australia now that he is out of the jungle

Cliff said that he had conquered some of the fears he had before he headed Down Under.

He admitted: "I'm from London and I'm scared of dogs, I'm allergic to cats, so everything was a major for me in here.

"But you do it because the adrenaline is there and you have to get the stars."

He can now put his feet up at the luxury hotel and wait for the remainder of his campmates to being voted off the show in the coming week.

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I'm A Celeb's Cliff Parisi shocks Ant and Dec by saying he smuggled in contraband

I'm A Celebrity's 'happy camp' has been breath of fresh air among election gloom

I'm A Celebrity's 'happy camp' has been breath of fresh air among election gloom

Aside from a few cross words from Ian Wright aimed at Andrew Maxwell and James Haskell talking over people in an annoying and patronising way, the I'm A Celebrity camp has been fairly restrained this year.

In fact if you compare it to some previous series, it has been a very happy camp indeed.

Most years the show has been built on tension, going right back to the first series where comedian Rhona Cameron clashed fantastically with Darren Day and Nigel Benn.

More recently in 2015 Lady Colin Campbell rowed with a number of campmates including Duncan Bannatyne and Tony Hadley. That feud continued after the show and I watched on as the celebs barely spoke in the Versace hotel for days.

It's been a happy camp this year

Then in 2017 we had Dennis Wise clashing with Iain Lee which also led to some awkwardness afterwards.

But this year when there was the prospect of a row between Wrighty and Andrew, if anything TV bosses seemed to tone it down.

It feels like the show's execs don't want too much tension and have not put too much pressure on the camp. If you think about it, they have done well in almost all the bushtucker trials too which means less people being hangry too.

Jacqueline Jossa has surprised herself during the Bushtucker Trials

Personally I think the General Election may be partly to blame for all of this.

It may sound strange but I think ITV and the show bosses want I'm A Celebrity to be the antidote to all the political coverage on screen at the moment. Politics is filled with rows and strong opinions and shouting and so I'm A Celeb has to be lighter this year to offer something different.

It means that there have been less rows, less big storylines, and with so few single people in there, a camp romance was never on the cards either.

And whilst ratings are down a little, the show featuring a happy camp is still easily the second biggest programme on TV behind Strictly Come Dancing .

James Haskell has caused a stir amongst his co-stars recently

The series is down some nights by about 1.5million viewers compared to 2018 but still gets around eight million and the opening show of the series had a consolidated audience of 13.2m after seven days which ITV say makes it the most watched programme of 2019.

That's a world away from X Factor which can no longer pull in three million viewers.

I just hope for next year – the 20th series no less - they'll be able to find an ex-politician to go in camp and we will have a few more rows and some romance. If they managed that I think the ratings will be back on the rise again.

*Mark Jefferies flew to Australia to cover I'm A Celebrity with  www.cathaypacific.com .

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