Although he failed to become the King of the Jungle, Iain Lee won the audience's sympathy throughout this year's series of I'm A Celebrity. After viewers started telling off fellow contestants Amir Khan, Jamie Lomas, Dennis Wise and Rebekah Vardy for trying to "bully" Lee, he won the support of many fans on social media.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on her talk show this morning (11 December), Lee said that he had a hard time trying to build a rapport with the campmates initially as he was a late arrival on the show.
"It was so hard because they all knew each other," he told Lorraine.
"I came in and had to split the group up and I found that really stressful," Lee said about having to divide the campmates into two different groups when he was elected the first Jungle prime minister.
"Just wandering in and saying I'll have you, you and you. It was difficult being an outsider," he added.
Apparently, Lee was also the contestant who seemed to have the most number of enemies in the jungle. However, the radio presenter refuted such claims saying: "I have no beef with anybody despite what you may read."
On the show, the 44-year-old took most of the flak for the infamous "strawberry gate", even though both him and Khan had been involved. The boxer had time and again tried to put the blame on Lee as the main culprit to instigate the incident.
He was then accused by Rebekah Vardy of being "fake" and playing a game in order to evoke empathy from the viewers and win the show. She later said she was misquoted and had been under pressure to make the statement.
Former Chelsea midfielder, Dennis Wise then started a feud with Lee when he disapproved of the latter volunteering for the Bushtucker Trail. Lee later said that he had felt "humiliated" by Wise's dissent. After his eviction, the footballer explained that he was just worried that Lee would fail in the trail since he had already done so twice in the past and the camp would have had to go without food.
Lee was also praised on the show for speaking about mental health problems. He said: "I have talked about mental health, depression and suicidal thoughts and I'm glad that came across. Only by talking about it can we get rid of the stigma and save peoples lives."
He also added: "I don't want people to think I was miserable all the time. The last week was a gas."
With so many controversies, Lee admitted to Lorraine that he would rather not watch a rerun of the show.
He also revisited the strawberry incident and made a surprising claim. "In hindsight, that whole strawberry thing of course I would do it again," Lee confessed.