The former EastEnders actress became the fourth celebrity to leave the jungle last night, and was delighted to be reunited with her mum.
After being interviewed by hosts Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby, Rita, 41, was finally allowed to head back to the luxury hotel for a hot shower and a comfy bed, and she couldn't have looked more thrilled.
As she pulled up outside, Rita punched the air and cheered with joy before hopping out of the people carrier to applause from fellow guests and the loved ones of her other camp mates.
Hugging her mum, Rita posed for pictures before greeting her jungle pal Sair Khan.
The star's departure sparked further fix claims last night, as viewers claimed she knew she would be leaving after receiving her letter from home.
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The remaining campmates were given notes from their loved ones during last night's episode and Rita seemed excited about seeing her family before she knew she was going to be voted off.
She said: “It’s so tangible that I’m about to see my family. My barriers have come down a bit and I just miss them all massively.”
Rita did not seem shocked or saddened when host Dec announced she would be leaving the show later in the episode.
A delighted Rita grinned and said: “I’m sorry, I’m just so happy.”
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Rita knew she was leaving before they come into the camp to tell them. Stating something along the lines of "Im about to see my family" after her letter was read out. And was then "voted" off 20 minutes later.”
Another person commented: “Well i'll be! Its happened again @antanddec ! Rita had her coat on so she knew she was goin!!”
Someone else remarked: “Rita said earlier on in the show “I’ll be seeing my friends and family soon” like again is it FIXED?? She knew??”
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