While enjoying a final meal with housemates last night, the mum-of-five said she'd thoroughly enjoyed her experience in the house and never expected to go so far.
"I believe I have made friends in here. I never thought in a million years I would make it to the final and I still can't quite work out why I have. I can only think the British public for that!"
Katie, 36, went on to say individual thanks to each housemate, starting with Keith Chegwin, who she will stay friends with.
She said: "Who on earth in the world would ever think we have so much in common from reading Country Life magazine to horses and things we generally do?"
Katie told Calum he was the same "completely genuine" man that she'd known for years, and she couldn't wait to hang out with him once the show is over.
As for Michelle, Katie admitted she'd been nervous about meeting Michelle as she thought she'd be "scary and feisty" – she was wrong.
"You are genuine, kind, you have a heart of gold, give good advice. I love that you've asked me loads of in-depth questions and I've given in-depth answers! And I'm probably in trouble. But I'm always in trouble!"
Finally, Katie said she was happy to have met the real Katie Hopkins.
She said she'd had her own opinions on Hopkins before she entered the house, thinking she was a "nasty woman" but she'd been wrong.
"You definitely have a heart," said Katie. "You're definitely sensitive. You put there barriers up. I feel you are genuine and you would do anything for anyone and I'm glad I have seen that side of you."
The CBB finale airs tonight on Channel 5.
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