05/12/2020 13:13 GMT

Tess Daly Hails Husband Vernon Kay Her 'Winner' With I'm A Celebrity Final Tribute

"He went in wanting to make us proud, and he made us beyond proud!" the Strictly Come Dancing host wrote.

Tess Daly has called husband Vernon Kay her “winner” after he finished third in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

The TV presenter was defeated by Radio 1 DJ Jordan North and eventual Queen of the Castle Giovanna Fletcher during Friday’s live final.

After the result was announced, the Strictly Come Dancing host shared a montage of photos from Vernon’s time on the ITV reality show, saying he had made her and their two daughters proud.

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Vernon Kay and Tess Daly

Tess wrote: “LOVE YOU VERN. What a rollercoaster… he went in wanting to make us proud, and he made us beyond proud!!

“He’s a winner in our eyes and we’re just chuffed to have him home!”

She said that the cashmere blanket she sent into camp to remind Vernon of home was “going straight in the wash”, however. 

Tess added: “Huge congratulations to @mrsgifletcher and a massive thank YOU for posting, voting, phoning and cheering him on all the way… the support has been overwhelming, we are stunned and so grateful xxx.”

She later posted a video on her Instagram Story revealing that she had been shopping for all of Vernon’s favourite foods for his homecoming, after he lost over two stone during his stay in the castle. 

Tess went shopping for all of Vernon's favourite foods

Tess previously admitted she’d been having sleepless nights during the series, as she worried about Vernon being cold and not eating enough.

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Giovanna Fletcher was crowned Queen of the Castle with Jordan North finishing runner-up and Vernon Kay placed third

She told ITV’s Lorraine: “Oh my goodness, it feels like he has been away forever. I think about him every moment of every day and I watch him every night.

“Yeah, he is doing brilliantly and it’s lovely watching him but it’s nerve-wracking, it really is. I worry about him being cold, about him not eating.

“Honestly, I have barely slept. I don’t think I have slept more than five or six hours since he has been in there.”

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