PIERS Morgan hit out at I'm A Celeb star Kate Garraway's loved-up hubby Derek Draper, saying: "If I'd known the bar was that low, I'd have had a crack myself."
The 54-year-old Good Morning Britain host admitted he used to "lock horns" with the former Labour party press chief when he was a newspaper editor.
Writing in his Event magazine column today, he said: "It's been no surprise to see my GMB colleague Kate Garraway being such a trouper on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
"She's always been a great laugh on and off camera, and more importantly, has always been able to laugh at herself.
"After Kate announced she was marrying her husband Derek Draper, with whom I used to lock horns when he was a Labour spin doctor and I was editor of the Daily Mirror, I emailed her to say: 'If I'd known the bar was that low, I'd have had a crack myself.'"
However, he insisted Kate was so delighted with his comment that she put the quote on menu cards when they got married.
Derek has been an a dedicated cheerleader to his 52-year-old wife during her time in the I'm A Celeb jungle.
He has praised both his wife’s amazing figure – the product of an impressive two stone weight loss in the last year - and natural beauty.
And when fans asked if she was wearing make-up in the jungle, he told The Sun Online: "Take it from someone who knows - she never looks better than first thing in the morning."
Kate and Derek tied the knot in north London in September 2005 with a number of Strictly stars in the audience.
Among them were Anton du Beke - who went on to become Kate’s professional partner in the fifth series of the show two years later - and Brendan Cole, from whom Derek was secretly having dance lessons for the wedding.
The couple’s daughter Darcey, now thirteen, came along six months later followed by William, now ten.
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Myles Stephenson, 28, flirted outrageously with Kate in the jungle and even called her his "telly crush".
His admission led to Derek confessing that he had been left a bit "jealous and paranoid" – although he added to Lorraine Kelly: "She’s coming home to me."
Last night, viewers saw them share an emotional reunion at the end of I'm A Celebrity's famous bridge.