Fans rejoiced as Ant McPartlin made a welcome return to British television screens during Sunday evening’s edition of I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp.
Viewers were given the unexpected treat after presenters Scarlett Moffatt, Joel Dommett and Joe Swash aired an old clip from a 2006 episode of long-running parent show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Looking fresh faced and characteristically chirpy, Ant, 43, was seen alongside regular presenting partner Declan Donnelly as they guided former contestant Dean Gaffney through a live Bushtucker Trial.
Here he is! Fans rejoiced as Ant McPartlin made a welcome return to British television screens during in an old clip of I’m A Celeb, aired during Sunday evening’s edition of sister-show I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp
The clip saw Gaffney covered in green slime and an obligatory hoard of insects as he gamely attempted to win stars for camp, but fans were more interested in the sight of the troubled presenter, who is currently taking an extended break from all TV commitments following a second spell in rehab.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: ‘They’re showing dean gaffney’s live trial on extra camp and it’s making me miss ant more ! so nice to see him on my tv screen.’
While another added: ‘So lovely to see dear Ant on our screens – hurry back matey – both look so young too.’
Delighted: Fans took to Twitter in their droves after watching a fresh faced Ant present the 2006 clip alongside old presenting partner Declan Donnelly
Old times: Ant and Dec were seen guiding former contestant Dean Gaffney through a live Bushtucker Trial
‘Sorry Dec (& Ant) for saying this but how young did @atanddec look during that flash back to Dean Gaffney’s live trial in 2006!’ marvelled a third.
Another fan, clearly pining for the return of the popular presenter, barked: ‘ANT!!’
Awwww just watching Ant on #ExtraCamp We miss you Ant,’ read another supportive tweet.
Hurry back Ant: Viewers urged the presenter to make a speedy recovery following his second spell in rehab, where he received treatment for drug and alcohol issues
Ant’s appearance comes after Holly Willoughby earned herself a multi-million-pound pay rise for replacing him on the hit ITV show.
The Mail on Sunday revealed that she is being paid a seven-figure bonus for taking on the role at the last minute after Ant pulled out to continue his recovery from alcohol and prescription drug issues.
Holly, 37, is also set to renegotiate her golden handcuffs deal with the network – as well as the contract she and her husband Dan Baldwin have with ITV for making Celebrity Juice through their production company, Hungry Bear.
A source close to the star said: ‘ITV want to make it clear that she is theirs and they are prepared to pay her for it. With the exception of Ant and Dec, Holly is their most popular and well-known presenter – and they see her as their main appeal to the female market.
‘She has got herself in a place where she can ask for what she wants and ITV will pay her what she is worth. Negotiations on a new contract will start imminently.’
High earner: Ant’s appearance comes after Holly Willoughby earned herself a multi-million-pound pay rise for replacing him on the hit ITV show
Go hell for leather like Holly in shorts from Gap
Gap leather shorts
We’re used to seeing Holly Willoughby wearing sophisticated dresses and midi skirts when hosting This Morning, so this slightly rebellious look is something of a departure from her usual style!
She was pictured filming in the jungle rocking a pair of black leather shorts from Gap, which we’ve previously spotted her wearing on Celebrity Juice. The high street stalwart isn’t just about basics and logo hoodies you know!
The tie belt and high waist cut makes them super flattering, and even if you’re not normally into shorts, you should make an exception for luxe leather. Bravo to Angie Smith for styling them with a Rag & Bone tee and Grenson hiking boots too.
Unfortunately Holly’s have now sold out, but you can recreate her leather look in just a couple of clicks with the help of our edit below… for a whole lot less than the real deal too!
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