Former World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty has been voted King of the Jungle and has won TV reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
The four-times WSB champion was the winner of the public vote and the victory was announced on live television with millions of TV viewers watching the show on ITV last night.
For bike fans it’s a welcome return for the nickname of King Carl – the name he was known by during the most successful WSB racing careers of any racer to date before his racing career was cut short following a crash in the early part of the season in 2000.
Foggy was clearly deeply shocked by the win over X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden and television presenter Melanie Sykes who made up the final three contestants.
Last week Foggy’s wife Michaela had asked for help to keep her husband in the competition because she feared he was going to be the first to be voted out of the contest; she could never have predicted he won win the competition overall.
MCN spoke to Michaela in Australia just as she was about to leave for the party to celebrate the end fo the filming of the show. She told MCN: “Last week I was asking for help to keep Carl in the competition because I was sure he was coming out. I’m just so sorry I ever doubted him. I didn’t want him to go into the Jungle in the first place. I told him not to do it because I was worried how he would cope with being in a place with other people he might not like, the boredom and the hunger and I thought it might go badly for him.
“How wrong can a person be? I’m so proud of him and the thing that makes me happiest is the fact that more people have seen the real Carl; the one I know and his close friends know as the funny and the caring person, not the arrogant and selfish racer they thought he was.
“We’ve even had people involved in racing saying how their opinions of Carl have changed because of what they have seen on TV. It’s amazing and I do want to say a massive thank you to all of the bike fans who voted for Carl; he’s deeply humbled by people being bothered to vote for him
Foggy was backed by a host of stars connected to motorcycling; current and former racers and the likes of Top Gear’s Richard Hammond, Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood and many, many others.
You can find out what Foggy thought of the whole thing in the issue of MCN out on December 10.
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