Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips is getting out of here a winner: The actor was crowned king of the jungle on the I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! season finale.
"This experience is head and shoulders, and far to the left of anything I've ever done. One of a kind," Phillips said on Wednesday's live finale. "No movie set ever compares to this. This is the real deal and it's been an amazing trip."
See photos of Phillips and the cast sweating it out in the jungle
The win comes with an olive wreath, a seat on the Costa Rican jungle throne and a check for the charity of Phillips' choice, the Art Has Heart Foundation. The organization awards scholarships to lower-income high school students.
Phillips, a frequent Numbers guest star who can be seen on SyFy's Stargate Universe in October, defeated former pro wrestler Torrie Wilson, who finished second, and NBA veteran John Salley, who finished third. Each had to endure a "jungle spa" — featuring creepy crawlers, baby crocodiles and mealworms — to win a gourmet meal. All three received it.
The finale also served as a near-reunion for the cast. All evicted cast members, save for comedy duo Frangela, returned to learn who won and look back on their time in the jungle. But there was no "all-out battle" between Spencer and Heidi Pratt and their castmates, though the show's producer had predicted one earlier this week.
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Though Spencer memorably chewed out his campmates on the premiere, saying they devalued his fame, the Hills villain said Wednesday he no longer stands by his opinion.
"I've never lived in the jungle before, so I guess you can't know how you're going to act until you move into the jungle with a bunch of amazing celebrities," he said. "They have increased my value of celebrity, I found out, so I owe them all greatly."