I’m A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby’s behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

I’m A Celebrity 2018 has been winning huge praise from viewers so far with praise for the new co-hosts and ratings continuing to soar.

But some loyal fans have noticed that there is something missing from this year’s show – and they aren’t talking about Ant McPartlin.

During the nightly Busktucker Trials the celebs have been come up against the usual nasties of fish guts, spiders and cockroaches.

But one of the producers favourite creepy crawlies – rats – have been noticeably absent so far.

And one fan theory has suggested this is down to new co-host Holly Willoughby.

I'm A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby's behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

Holly watches a trial through her hands
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I'm A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby's behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

Harry Redknapp comes up against cockroaches in tonight’s trial
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As she was announced as Ant’s replacement in August, Holly made it clear there were a few things about jungle life that she wouldn’t be entirely comfortable with.

"I’m scared of everything," she boldly admitted.

In a bid to help Holly before she jetted out to Australia, Phillip Schofield and This Morning team put together a series of mock trials to help her face her fears.

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I'm A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby's behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

Kendra Wilkinson takes on rats in 2014
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I'm A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby's behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

Westlife’s Kian Egan was trapped in a box full of them
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One of the challenges of ‘Box of Shocks’ saw Holly blindly having to put her hand into a container with three kittens inside, that she immediately assumed were rats.

As Holly screamed in terror, Declan Donnelly, who was sat at home watching, tweeted: "“She was worse than Gillian McKeith! What the heck are we in for!?”

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I'm A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby's behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

Holly admitted to Phil she was ‘scared of everything’
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I'm A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby's behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

Holly strokes kittens, thinking they’re rats
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And fans have been left wondering if Holly’s phobia is the reason for the absence of rats in this year’s trials so far.

In tonight’s trial Harry Redknapp, Nick Knowles and John Barrowman all come up against fish guts, slime and cockroaches in the first challenge of the Immunity Games.

I'm A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby's behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

There’s gunge and coackroaches – but no rats
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I'm A Celebrity fans wonder if Holly Willoughby's behind major change to Bushtucker Trials

Fans are wondering at the lack of four legged creatures
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Earlier today an ITV presenter claimed that Ant McPartlin has still be working on I’m A Celebrity behind the scenes, despite taking a year off from hosting the show.

Emma Jesson, who is best known for forecasting the weather on ITV, took to Twitter on Wednesday to claim that Ant is still involved in scripting live TV links between Declan Donnelly and temporary replacement host Holly Willoughby .

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“I am informed that Ant was consulted for scripted Holly & Dec links for @imacelebrity series 2018,” Emma tweeted.

“Top move production team if this is the case, can see his hallmarks there.”

A rep for ITV declined to comment.