I'm A Celebrity: Anne Hegerty Gives Emotional Speech Thanking Fellow Campmates

It's safe to say this year's series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here has done its fair share to help break down certain barriers in society and given strength to those who have sometimes struggled to be themselves.

And for a show which is famous for humiliating ageing, has-been television personalities by making them earn stars by wolfing down various bits of jungle offal, including the now infamous kangaroo bollock, that is high praise indeed.

One of the celebs who has taken the show by storm and really made an impact is the star of ITV game show The Chase, Anne Hegerty, who has been open about her struggles with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism that can affect how people perceive the world and interact with others, which she was diagnosed with in 2005.

Her bravery even inspired 11-year-old Joseph, from Preston. He has autism and wrote an incredibly heartwarming letter to The Chase star, thanking her for being such an inspiration to him and helping the 11-year-old cope with his own condition, which he finds hard at times.

Anne Hegerty has been praised for her bravery on On 'I'm A Celebrity'. Credit: ITV
Anne Hegerty has been praised for her bravery on On 'I'm A Celebrity'. Credit: ITV

As the show has gone on she has earned herself an army of fans who have praised her openness.

And in an emotional speech to her fellow campmates in Friday night's episode, as they got ready to say goodbye ahead of the beginning of the evictions, The Governess spoke about how she had enjoyed her time on the show and she thanked her fellow celebs for being so understanding.

She said: "I didn't think I would do something that was going to make me feel so exposed and vulnerable and people wouldn't judge me for it.

"You have all been incredibly kind when I needed kindness so I will miss you all terribly."

The formidable quizzer was not the only one who spoke about her time in camp, with Rita Simmons, Emily Atack, James McVey, Noel Edmonds, and Harry Redknapp also saying a few words.

The former Tottenham boss said: "I've felt so at home here and loved every minute being around you all. There is not one person here I could say anything bad about, every one of you has been incredible to me and to each other. It's been an unbelievable experience. I don't understand what you are going on about but I love every one of you."

And Rita added: "I hope that whatever time you have left in here is amazing and I'm not saying anything too deep so I don't get emotional but I love you all and that's my barrier going up."

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Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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