No More ‘Celebrity’ For Patti Blagojevich & Sanjaya Malakar
First Published: June 24, 2009 10:36 AM EDT Credit: NBC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Illinois’ former first lady won’t be queen of the jungle and “American Idol” alum Sanjaya Malakar won’t be king.
Sanjaya was the first celeb to get the boot from the jungle on Tuesday night.
“The first person leaving the jungle tonight is… Sanjaya,” “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” co-host Damien Fahey announced, after revealing that Lou Diamond Phillips and Torrie Wilson earned enough votes for a spot in the show’s finale.
A stunned Lou said, “Wow, oh my goodness,” after hearing Sanjaya’s name announced. The two – who developed a close friendship during the competition – shared a long embrace before the “Idol” alum exited the camp.
“Peace out fam, see you tomorrow,” Sanjaya shouted as he left his competitors in the jungle.
Patti Blagojevich was the next to go. The former Illinois first lady lasted 23 days in the Costa Rican jungle as a replacement for her husband, who was barred by a judge from leaving the country amid his pending corruption charges.
Patti said during Tuesday’s episode that her favorite moments on the series include being tossed into a river and making her way out, and speaking to her family over the Internet.
During Patti’s exit interview, she said a reunion was in the works for her and fellow competitors.
“I think we’re all going to keep in touch,” she said. “We’ve kind of even already planned a reunion for next year at this time. We’re all going to go camping somewhere maybe in Colorado or the Rockies and bring all the things we didn’t have with us here.”
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has pleaded not guilty to wide-ranging federal charges, including attempting to sell an appointment to Barack Obama’s Senate seat.Patti Blagojevich has said she did the show because of her family’s finances.
In addition to Lou and Torrie, basketball great John Salley earned a spot in the show’s finale, which airs tonight on NBC at 8 PM EST.