The first I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! could have been very awkward, with news of host Ant McPartlin’s recent rehab leaving some wondering whether he’d be able to present this year’s show. But last night’s episode addressed the elephant in the room in a brilliantly playful way.
Opening the 2017 series, Ant’s presenting partner Declan Donnelly joked, “I’m here with the gorgeous Holly Willoughby!” referencing the rumour Willoughby would be filling in for Ant this series.
That wasn’t all. During a link later in the show, the pair discussed a model of the camp they had on the table. Ant, pretending to be unimpressed by the replica, said: “That’s it is it? We’ve been off air a year, a whole year, and that’s what you’ve done? That’s all you’ve done?”
Dec replied: “I spent all summer making that! No help from this one,” pointing at Ant before adding “Where were you all summer? What were you doing?”