Noel’s exit was just like Brexit

Star’s wife on shock evic­tion

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - [email protected]­i­tymir­ BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Editor and MARK JEFFERIES in Aus­tralia

NOEL Ed­monds’ wife Liz is de­lighted he was booted off I’m A Celeb and says a storm over his exit is a bit like Brexit!

The TV host’s evic­tion left view­ers shocked and trig­gered a back­lash from show­biz sup­port­ers.

Many had tipped the Deal or No Deal star to win.

But Liz, 49, today says Noel’s de­par­ture was all down to the cos­mic or­der – a form of pos­i­tive think­ing which they be­lieve in.

She adds: “I ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port. It’s like Brexit, ev­ery­body voted but are now moan­ing about the re­sult.”

Noel, 69, ad­mit­ted he was “fraz­zled” by his exit and flat­tered by sup­port­ive mes­sages.

Be­fore head­ing off for a cosy re­union, Liz ad­mits she had fore­seen the axe.

She tells the Sun­day Mir­ror “I thought he was go­ing to go, I don’t know why, it’s just a feel­ing, but I think it will be for the good.


“Lots of people might be sad and an­gry he’s out but I’m re­ally pleased.

“There is a rea­son for ev­ery­thing and usu­ally around Noel those reasons turn out to be very pos­i­tive.

“Think about it, his au­di­ence, all his old fans from Swap Shop prob­a­bly don’t vote. The cos­mos gives you ev­ery­thing for a rea­son.

“If this is the de­ci­sion, then so be it.”

Mr Blobby cre­ator Noel was on screen for just nine days and earned a re­ported €600,000 – €2,777 an hour.

Liz goes on: “People are say­ing he’s been given a lot for just a few days’ work but that’s not his fault. At least people have ac­tu­ally seen the Noel that I see ev­ery day. He is a huge joker and so much fun.

“I am very proud. People have seen the Noel I know – which some­times isn’t rep­re­sented in so­cial me­dia.”

When he left the jun­gle Noel had a rou­tine med­i­cal and was told to “take it easy with food”.

But af­ter get­ting back to the Palazzo Ver­sace ho­tel he headed over

the road to the Sher­a­ton for a three­hour lunch with Liz and step­son Har­ri­son. Among those who greeted Noel at the Palazzo, on Aus­tralia’s Gold Coast, was San­dra Red­knapp, wife of show favourite Harry, 71.

Ever the pro­fes­sional, Noel put a pos­i­tive spin on his evic­tion, telling the Sun­day Mir­ror: “To go out in this way with all this noise around it is better than go­ing out sec­ond or third or even fourth. It’s in­cred­i­ble to see all this sup­port com­ing through which I didn’t know was there. I’d have loved to have con­trib­uted more, I had a few tricks up my sleeve. I am com­pet­i­tive, I al­ways have been. I knew I couldn’t win. I think the clear win­ners are Fleur East and pos­si­bly Harry.”

Noel and Liz took con­so­la­tion from a string of so­cial me­dia mes­sages.

Rocker Liam Gal­lagher hailed him, say­ing: “There’s only one Noel Ed­monds. As you were.”

Ra­dio 2’s Jeremy Vine said: “I lit­er­ally can­not be­lieve Noel Ed­monds is out of the jun­gle.”

TV’S Matthew Wright fumed: “What the hell is wrong with the Bri­tish pub­lic – how can Noel Ed­monds go first?? The most entertaining camp mate! Gut­ted.”

Mean­while, there is al­ready talk of a book deal, en­dorse­ments and an In­sta­gram project to turn Noel and Liz into fit­ness gu­rus. They wed in 2009 and his jun­gle stint was the long­est they had been apart since.

But they made up for lost time by cosy­ing up last night. A show source said: “Noel and Liz got to spend the evening to­gether with no dis­trac­tions and did not leave their room all night.”

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