Ant who? Af­ter his I’m A Celeb pre­sent­ing stint with­out his part­ner, fans reckon Dec could go it alone

Fans heap praise on I’m A Celeb pre­sen­ter

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We tuned into the first episode of I’m A Celebrity… in our mil­lions just over a week ago, and for once, it wasn’t just to laugh at trau­ma­tised celebs cov­ered in crit­ters. This year is the first in the show’s his­tory that’s not pre­sented by Ant and Dec. In­stead, This Morn­ing’s Holly Willoughby joined Dec Don­nelly in the jun­gle, while Ant Mcpartlin takes time off fol­low­ing drink and drug is­sues. And, in per­haps a sur­pris­ing turn of events, many view­ers were ac­tu­ally pleased to see Dec able to step into the spot­light for once.

Fans took to Twit­ter to praise the 42 year old, writ­ing, “Dec is much bet­ter with­out Ant, he re­ally comes into his own. He doesn’t need him.” While some view­ers ad­mit­ted they knew it was an un­pop­u­lar opin­ion, there were mul­ti­ple tweets con­clud­ing that Dec was flour­ish­ing with­out his usual side­kick. But some view­ers were specif­i­cally crit­i­cal of Ant’s re­place­ment, writ­ing,“i know it’s only her first episode, but there’s no chem­istry be­tween Holly and Dec. She has no ban­ter. He’s car­ry­ing the show with his wit and hu­mour.”

And one re­viewer pointed out, that while Holly and Dec’s dy­namic would never be the same as the Ge­ordie mates, this gave Dec an op­por­tu­nity to shine. “Ant and Dec have a short­hand that only life­long best friends can have – Holly can’t beat that. But this was a chance for Dec to take the reins for once, like a big brother. And he did.”

Although it may have been a tough evening’s view­ing for Ant, he showed sup­port for Dec and Holly by tweet­ing, “All the very best of luck to the lit­tle fella and @hol­ly­wills for the show tonight. Lots of love from the big fella!! A”. How­ever, it’s un­known where Ant will have been tun­ing in from, as he jet­ted out of the coun­try with girl­friend An­nemarie Cor­bett ahead of the launch. The cou­ple re­port­edly headed on hol­i­day to en­joy some win­ter sun, as well as cel­e­brat­ing Ant’s 43rd birth­day. We imag­ine they’re back in the ho­tel for 9pm GMT ev­ery evening, though. n

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