Ant McPartlin’s wistful message to Dec Donnelly and Holly Willoughby as he misses I’m A Celebrity – Mirror Online
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CelebsAnt McPartlin’s wistful message to Dec Donnelly and Holly Willoughby as he misses I’m A Celebrity
Birthday boy Ant has made a poignant statement about his absence from tonight’s I’m A Celebrity launch
- 11:07, 18 NOV 2018
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Ant McPartlin has sent a poignant message to his telly partner Declan Donnelly ahead of tonight’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2018 launch.
Ant, who is sitting out this series of the jungle show to focus on his recovery from drink and prescription drug addiction, addressed both Dec and his replacement Holly Willoughby with a sweet message.
Referring to Dec by his short stature, Ant tweeted: "All the very best of luck to the little fella and @hollywills for the show tonight. Lots of love from the big fella!! A #ImACeleb Xxxxxx."
- Dec’s cryptic birthday message to Ant McPartlin ahead of his I’m A Celebrity absence
Ant sent this message of support ahead of the IAC launch
It’s unclear whether Ant will be watching the first – and only – series of I’m A Celeb that he isn’t hosting, but a telly insider told the Mirror that he played a part in picking Holly for the job.
He, Dec and Holly go back a long way, sharing boozy nights out and cosy nights in together over the years.
They also share the same management company, making the transition easier for ITV to deal with.
- Friends of Declan Donnelly have dismissed claims he plans to go solo and rebrand his TV career as “total nonsense”
Ant, Dec and Holly all go back a long way
As well as it being the first time Dec has done the show without his buddy, today marks the first of Ant’s birthdays that he’s had to celebrate without Dec.
Ant turns 43 today – his first birthday since splitting from ex-wife Lisa Armstrong – and his new-found sobriety means the boozy bashes of years past have been scrapped.
Instead, he’s likely to spend the day with his girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett and her young children from her previous marriage.
- Holly Willoughby debuts whole new jungle look in I’m a Celebrity sneak peek
Holly will replace Ant McPartlin to host I’m A Celebrity with Dec Donnolly
Earlier this morning, Dec sent Ant a public birthday message from across the other side of the world.
He shared a snap of the telly partners dressed up as Homer and Marge Simpson on their joint Instagram account.
The relaxed photo showed Ant with a massive grin on his face wearing a white t-shirt with Homer’s body on it, and a hat of Homer’s face – while Dec has donned a high blue beehive wig and a yellow top with Marge’s face on it.
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Dec sent Ant a birthday message with this snap
Dec captioned the picture with a kiss in a public acknowledgement of his troubled pal’s happy day.
"Happy Birthday Homer. Love, Marge x," he wrote.
Replying to it on Twitter, Ant affectionately said: Doh!!! thanks kidda x A."
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