Final contestant eliminated ahead of I’m A Celebrity final

Shane Richie has become the latest contestant to be evicted from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The actor and comedian, 56, became the ninth famous face to leave the programme on Thursday evening.

Vernon Kay, Jordan North and Giovanna Fletcher will compete in Friday's final to discover who will be named the first King or Queen of the Castle.

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Model Jordan and presenter Shane Richie at Silverstone Ball 2002 at Stowe School, Stowe to raise funds for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and CLIC (Cancer & Leukaemia in Childhood). (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Neil Morrissey, Mariella Frostrup, Shane Richie and Martin Clunes during the film premiere and after party for Fever Pitch ahead of the Red Nose Day telethon 1997 in London, England. (Photo by George Bodnar/Comic Relief via Getty Images) (Photo by Comic Relief/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
Actors Shane Richie and Samantha Janus at a performance of the West End musical 'Grease', 11th April 1995. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1991: "Grease" Musical, Frankie Valli With Sonia Richie And Shane Richie, Frankievalliretro (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Capital Fm Party In The Park For The Princes Trust In London, Britain - 05 Jul 2003, Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace And Christopher Parker (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 8: Host Paul O'Grady and actor Shane Richie chat at the "TV Quick Awards 2003" held at the Dorchester Hotel, London on September 8, 2003 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 8: Actors Shane Richie and Helen Worth chat at the "TV Quick Awards 2003" held at the Dorchester Hotel, London on September 8, 2003 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 28: Actors Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace pose at the National Television Awards 2003 held at the Royal Albert Hall on October 28, 2003 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 20: Shane Richie signs copies of his autobiography "Rags to Richie" at Borders Oxford Street on November 20, 2003 in London. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 8: Actor Larry Hagman (right) poses with Eastenders soap star Shane Richie in the pressroom at the sixth annual "British Soap Awards 2004" on May 8, 2004 at BBC Television Centre, in London. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 3: Actors Shane Richie (R) and Jessie Wallace are seen during the filming of an episode of "EastEnders" at Windsor Racecourse on October 3, 2005 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)
LONDON - MAY 07: Jessie Wallace and Shane Richie attend the champagne reception ahead of the Pioneer British Academy Television Awards 2006 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on May 7, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for BAFTA)
LONDON - MAY 07: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT. NOT FOR PUBLICATION IN ANY MEDIUM UNTIL 21:30 GMT MAY 7, 2006.) (L-R) Actors Nigel Harman, Shane Richie and James Alexandrou pose in the Awards Room with the award for Continuing Drama for Eastenders at the Pioneer British Academy Television Awards 2006 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on May 7, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Davies/Getty Images)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 23: (L-R) Actors Hugh Jackman and Shane Richie speak to the media after sliding down a giant inflatable toilet in Leicester Square to promote the film Flushed Away on November 23, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Shane Richie and Family at the Empire Leicester Square in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
Shane Richie, Who Plays Archie, And Lex Shrapnel, Who Plays Jamie, Are Seen At A Photocall For The New Channel 5 Series Of Minder, At Tower Bridge In London. (Photo by Justin Goff\UK Press via Getty Images)
EastEnders star Shane Richie is collared by actress Lisa Maxwell, from The Bill, and a life-sized Bobby Bear, at the launch today of a new Bobby Bear soft toy, to raise funds in support of Child Victims of Crime (CVOC) at Hamleys on Regent St, in Central London. (Photo by Steve Parsons - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Linda Lusardi and Shane Richie attends photocall to launch Pantomime season at Lyric Theatre on October 5, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
Shane Richie with a person in costume as the character Sulley from Monsters Inc at the New Generation Festival launch event at Disneyland Paris. (Photo by Katie Collins/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: (L-R) Danny Dyer and Shane Richie attend the National Television Awards 2014 on January 22, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Shane Richie attends The Olivier Awards 2019 with MasterCard at the Royal Albert Hall on April 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

After it was announced that Richie was to leave the show, a shocked Kay repeatedly told him: "No way, no way."

Richie admitted he was feeling "mixed emotions", but that the experience had been "above and beyond" anything he had imagined.

Speaking to co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, he explained why he had worked so hard to lift his campmates' spirits each morning.

He said: "I'm not a big fan of silence. At home we have always got the radio on, we have got music on and of course have got kids there.

"When I wake up to silence, when I saw someone out of the corner of my eye who was kind of drifting away, I would go, 'Come on, come on. What can we do? Let's try and have some fun'.

"If anyone was falling into a bad mood, because misery breeds misery, it only takes one person and it can spread through the camp, so if I thought I could nip it in the bud."

Richie said he wanted to see TV and podcast host Fletcher win because she had been "so strong all the way through".

A message on his official Twitter account made a comic reference to his character on BBC One soap EastEnders.

It said: "Thank you to every single one of you who voted for Shane in #ImACeleb – I know when he gets out and sees all of your messages of love and support, that he'll be over the Alfie Moon."

Earlier in the programme, the remaining four contestants faced the Celebrity Cyclone challenge, a favourite among fans of the ITV show, in which they were tasked with climbing a giant water slide.

Dressed as knights, they were pelted with rubber balls, buffeted by wind machines and hosed with jets of cold water.

McPartlin and Donnelly revealed the challenge marked the 400th trial on the ITV show.

All four celebrities managed to reach their markers in time and won four stars for the camp.

"It was awesome. It was absolutely brilliant, everything we expected it to be and more," Kay said after.

Richie added: "A right laugh."

Over a dinner of a partridge each, the group reminisced about their time in camp.

Kay said of his experience: "It has been a special three weeks in camp – it has. It's a period of time I will never, ever forget. It's as simple as that."

On social media, Shane Richie's fans were quick to express their disappointment with the latest vote...

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