Everyone’s favourite Geordie duo Ant and Dec will soon be back on our screens presenting this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!. But just two weeks before, Declan Donnelly has spoken out about his ‘angry’ reaction to Ant’s behaviour prior to their hiatus last year.
I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! 2019 is shaping up to be a cracking series. Not only does the line-up feature some of the biggest stars in the history of the show, this year will also see Ant and Dec reunited Down Under after Ant was forced to sit out from presenting last year’s show whilst he dealt with his addiction issues.
Whilst viewers are looking forward to seeing Ant and Dec back together on the show, it’s clear that things haven’t been smooth sailing for the duo. In a two-part ITV documentary entitled Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey, Dec spoke candidly about how he really felt when Ant’s struggles with addiction came to a head in 2018.
He admitted: ‘It has been a tough couple of years and it has tested the bond we have shared since we were 13 years old. I was incredibly angry at the start, so angry. Disappointed that he didn't ever come to me and say, 'I am struggling, I need you', because that is what I would do if the shoe was on the other foot. And he never came to me and that hurt me a lot.’
Dec, who was forced to finish presenting Saturday Night Takeaway alone and fronted I’m A Celeb alongside Holly Willoughby last year, admitted that there were times when he thought that he and Ant would never work together again, saying: ‘There was a point where I thought that that was it. There were times where I wasn't sure it was going to survive. Times where you didn't know it needed to survive or you wanted it to survive.’
Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey will air on ITV on Sunday 10th November at 9pm, with the second part being shown on Monday 11th November. The show will see the much-loved presenting duo learning about their ancestors and long-lost relatives, in a similar style to the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Meanwhile, I’m A Celeb will return to our screens a week later on Sunday 17th November, also at 9pm.