Jamie Redknapp has revealed his father Harry Redknapp didn’t tell him he was going on ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ because he would’ve “told him off” – he only found out when he read the news in the newspaper.
The 45-year-old former footballer revealed – ahead of his father’s win – that he didn’t even know the 71-year-old football manager was going to appear on the show, until he read the story in a newspaper.
And Harry later told Jamie he had kept quiet about the news for fear the former Liverpool star would’ve tried to talk him out of it.
Speaking to Roman Kemp backstage at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola, Jamie said:
“It’s bizarre. I must admit.
“I remember about a week, well 10 days before he was going in to the jungle, I picked up the paper and it said, ‘Harry Redknapp’s going to go in,’ I thought, ‘Oh what a great story, I’ll ring my dad and tell him.’
“I said, ‘Dad have you seen this?’ He went, ‘I’m doing it!’
“He said, ‘You would have told me off.’
“I said, ‘I wouldn’t tell you off,’ I just would have had a conversation to say, ‘Look, do you think it’s the right thing to do?’
“But, look, its 100 per cent been the right thing to do. He’s loved it. I mean he’s surprised me how brave he’s been.
“Every challenge he’s just gone in there and thought, ‘I gotta do this, I gotta do it for the team, I gotta win all the stars.’ “
The Sky Sports pundit said fans have been coming up to him in public and praising his dad for his genuine and loving personality.
“Going to watch my boy play football today, all people coming up to me and say is, ‘We love your dad, we love your mum, they’re so real, they’re so nice.’
“And that’s really heart-warming because they’re my parents and I adore them but it’s nice for other people to see them in that light.”
Harry triumphed during Sunday night’s (09.12.18) finale to become the new King of The Jungle.