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Lou Diamond Phillips Wins 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 25th 2009 10:45AM
After 24 days of living in the jungle, Lou Diamond Phillips was crowned the winner on the finale of NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.'

The 47-year-old actor beat out former pro-wrestler Torrie Wilson and ex-NBA player John Salley, and won money for his chosen charity, Art Has Heart, which awards scholarships to low-income students.

All the previous celebrity contestants returned for the finale, except for comedy duo Frangela. Notorious married couple Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag of 'The Hills' did show up, and the latter said she was recovered from the hospitalization that led to her exit from the show. "I'm a lot better," she told host Damien Fahey in an interview. "The doctor said I'll be OK if I stay out of the jungle."After 24 days of living in the jungle, Lou Diamond Phillips was crowned the winner on the finale of NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.'

The 47-year-old actor beat out former pro-wrestler Torrie Wilson and ex-NBA player John Salley, and won money for his chosen charity, Art Has Heart, which awards scholarships to low-income students.

All the previous celebrity contestants returned for the finale, except for comedy duo Frangela. Notorious married couple Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag of 'The Hills' did show up, and the latter said she was recovered from the hospitalization that led to her exit from the show. "I'm a lot better," she told host Damien Fahey in an interview. "The doctor said I'll be OK if I stay out of the jungle."

Her husband, meanwhile, did not seem apologetic for his inflammatory behavior in the jungle, saying, "[The other contestants] have increased my value of celebrity, so I owe them all greatly."

AOL TV's Katy Kroll spoke to Lou, John and Torrie via conference call about what they thought about Heidi and Spencer, whether they were just their to promote themselves and if they thought breaking things down to men vs. women was unfair.

What does it feel like to be crowned King of the Jungle, Lou?
Lou: It's such a ridiculous honor. I was stunned by it. I certainly didn't assume anything. I would have been just as happy if John had taken it, and I feel the same way about Torrie. One of the real blessings and surprises of this whole experience was competing with people who have accomplished so much in their lives and are just amazing human beings. I really, really consider them close friends now and I'm never gonna lose touch with them. That was one thing I didn't count on -- becoming this close to people when I started this whole thing.


You guys actually voted against Heidi and Spencer coming back, but it seemed like they were being pushed on you. How did you feel about them returning?
John: [Laughs]
Lou: We kind of figured out early on that we were not in control of this game. The producers had the right to pretty much do anything to us that they wanted 'cause we signed a contract. It was nice that they let us pretend that we were a democracy. [Laughs] The thing about Heidi and Spencer for me, I had never seen 'The Hills' but my wife reads all of those mags, so I was familiar with them. The impression I got was, wow, these kids know how to work the media. They know how to get their faces out there, but I'm not exactly sure what they're famous for. They are "on" 24/7. They were so in our faces, it was like a blast of hot air. I just had to take a step back and kinda, you know, assess the situation. Spencer was there to make a statement and get his antics on camera, but when they came back, knowing none of us wanted them there, they came back contrite and a little more human. I can say that I like 'em now, and John helped me do that. Spencer's a genius; he's working it like nobody else. I've never seen anybody more aware of their image. I started with cats like Kiefer and Charlie Sheen and Sean Penn and Downey Jr. -- they called us the Brat Pack, but, I mean, we got nothing on those guys. [Laughs]

Do you think they were more true to themselves the first time they were on or when they came back?
Lou: Every single one of us has earned our bones in a different way, and certainly in a different world. The exposure on entertainment TV and the paparazzi is so much more prevalent today than when I started. So when they came back in, they came back in with a little more respect and knowing that no one was overly impressed with them. We got to see their human side. I think they let the masks down a little bit because they suddenly realized we weren't there to be a platform for them. They actually opened up and became a little more vulnerable and we became friends. I think my impression of them changed a lot. I was happy about their return, and realized it was ironic that it was Heidi's sickness that finally took them out.


I'm a Celebrity...' Photos

    In this image released by NBC on Friday, May 29, 2009 and taken on May 27, celebrities, from left, John Salley, background, Janice Dickinson, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag leave the airport after arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica for the NBC reality show, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here," which premieres Monday, June 1. (AP Photo/NBC, Tyler Golden) ** NO SALES **

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    In this image released by NBC on Friday, May 29, 2009 and taken on May 27, celebrities, from left, John Salley, background, Janice Dickinson, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag leave the airport after arriving in San Jose, Costa Rica for the NBC reality show, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here," which premieres Monday, June 1. (AP Photo/NBC, Tyler Golden) ** NO SALES **

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    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Rod Blagojevich and Stephen Baldwin attend the "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!" Press Conference at the Langham Huntington Hotel Spa on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. "I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!" Press Conference The Langham Huntington Hotel Spa Pasadena, California United States April 24, 2009 Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage.com To license this image (57271197), contact WireImage.com

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    PASADENA, CA - APRIL 24: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich attends a press conference for "I"m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!" at the Langham Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rod Blagojevich

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    Rod Bagovich attends the "I'm A Celebrity. Get Me Out Of Here!" Press Conference at The Langham Huntington Hotel Spa on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. "I'm A Celebrity.Get Me Out Of Here!" - Press Conference The Langham Huntington Hotel Spa Pasadena, California United States April 24, 2009 Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage.com To license this image (57271250), contact WireImage.com

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    PASADENA, CA - APRIL 24: (L-R) Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, television personality Janice Dickinson, and actor Stephen Baldwin attend a press conference for "I"m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!" at the Langham Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gov. Rod Blagojevich;Janice Dickinson;Stephen Baldwin

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    PASADENA, CA - APRIL 24: (L-R) Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, television personality Janice Dickinson, and actor Stephen Baldwin attend a press conference for "I"m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!" at the Langham Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gov. Rod Blagojevich;Janice Dickinson;Stephen Baldwin

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    PASADENA, CA - APRIL 24: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (L) and actor Stephen Baldwin attend a press conference for "I"m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!" at the Langham Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gov. Rod Blagojevich;Stephen Baldwin

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    PASADENA, CA - APRIL 24: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (L) and actor Stephen Baldwin attend a press conference for "I"m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!" at the Langham Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gov. Rod Blagojevich;Stephen Baldwin

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    PASADENA, CA - APRIL 24: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (L) and actor Stephen Baldwin attend a press conference for "I"m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!" at the Langham Hotel on April 24, 2009 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gov. Rod Blagojevich;Stephen Baldwin

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Janice Dickinson said that John was only on the show trying to get a vegan cooking show. Is that true?
John: [Laughs] I'm a vegan and I cook, but I wasn't promoting a show. This is the one thing I'm gonna say about the person you mentioned: All of us on the show were real. All of us came in there to play a game because we're competitors. The three of us, we hadn't been on reality television. We didn't know you had to act a certain way. But if you act a certain way long enough, you become your act. The best thing about us three, we didn't have to act. We were just being ourselves. I promote healthy living. I already had a website that dealt with my food, and I go around speaking to inner-city kids about the importance of food. I wasn't promoting anything. She has no idea who I am, and I am happy about that, of course.

Despite being a vegan, John, you seemed to have no qualms about eating some of the stuff you did in the challenges...
John: Let's put it this way, there were things in the challenges I didn't eat. People might not realize that. Like when they gave me the rat tail. I put it in the back of my throat and then I vomited it up. When I ate the scorpions, they were all dried out into a shell. When I drank things, it was all in soy milk and it was all ground up legs and tails of insects. I ate no flesh whatsoever. I said, I will not eat anything that has a heartbeat that you killed. The only things that I ingested -- and then was out of my system quickly, which is why I lost 21 pounds [laughs] -- were those three scorpions. Everything else, they said it was one thing because it was psychological, but whether it was really that, I doubt it. But it was nasty all the same.

Torrie, have you always held your own against guys, even as a kid?
Torrie: Definitely. I grew up with three brothers that constantly beat me up and put my head in toilets -- that definitely started me off well. Then, working with men in the pro wrestling industry, you know, kept me strong. I've always been very competitive and love competing, even if there are no prizes.

Did you think it was unfair that it was men vs. women?
Torrie: Well, yeah, I did. It was still individual for all of us, but men, I have to admit, have an advantage on strength. For me, I saw it as more motivation to try my hardest and be able to compete with them. I knew they were gonna be the ones I was gonna have to beat in the end. They really pushed me to be a better a competitor. It definitely was frustrating at times. These are some strong guys.
John: You mean it was unfair when we lost the sawing challenge to the women?
Torrie: [Laughs}
John: One of them was a housewife and you're telling me it was unfair? It was unfair that two guys lost to two women sawing a log? Yeah, OK. Then, cranking a guy and making me fall off a plank when Lou has arms like a gladiator?
Torrie: That was all technique.
Lou: Let me tell you something ... don't take Torrie Wilson lightly. She scared us.


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