'I'm A Celebrity's Ant and Dec admit 'We've never spent Christmas together'

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read
Ant and Dec have relocated from Down Under to Gwrych Castle. (ITV)
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have been friends and co-workers since 1993. (ITV)

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have revealed they have never celebrated Christmas together.

The I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!hosts - who have been friends for almost 30 years - made the revelation as contestant Jordan North tried to distract himself from the terror of being locked in a cage full of snakes by engaging the presenting duo in small talk.

North, who revealed he is a massive fan of Ant and Dec and used to watch them on children’s show SM:TV, asked if they ever spend Christmas together.

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They both answered no in unison, before Donnelly, 45 laughed: “No, we never have. We tend to just spend it with family.”

Jordan North tries to think of his happy place in a cage full of snakes. (ITV/Shutterstock)
Jordan North tries to think of his happy place in a cage full of snakes. (ITV/Shutterstock)

North - who made a big impression on viewers of the ITV reality show from the very first episode when he vomited abseiling down a cliff in the very first challenge - returned to his happy place for his final challenge of the series.

As snakes began to fill the cage he screamed: “Oh god, it’s a snake. Happy place. Happy place! I’m going to be drinking gin with Bev in Spain.”

The 30-year-old Radio One presenter was talking about reunited with fellow contestant, former Coronation Street star Beverley Callard, 63.

The DJ first revealed that his brother had advised him to think of his happy place to get through the trials when he faced snakes in one of the first trials of the series.

North, who grew up in Burnley, had previously said his happy place was Turf Moor - the home stadium of his favourite football team Burnley FC.

Finalists North, TV presenter Vernon Kay, 46, and author Giovanna Fletcher, 35, all took part in individual trials in order to win a luxury meal for their final night in the castle.

Vernon Kay endures the Table of Torment on 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' (ITV/Shutterstock)
Vernon Kay endures the Table of Torment on 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' (ITV/Shutterstock)

TV presenter Vernon Kay won the starters for the final meal by being strapped down to a table for 10 minutes and covered with rotting food and live cockroaches and spider scorpions.

After complaining about the smell, hosts Ant and Dec told Kay that EastEnders actor Shane Richie had accused him of being the “phantom dribbler” in the toilet.

Kay insisted: “It wasn’t me, it was Shane or Jordan.”

He successfully endured the full ten minutes and won all the starters and drinks for the meal, bit told Ant and Dec: “That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I hated the cockroaches!”

Author wife of McFly’s Tom Fletcher Giovanna Fletcher, 35, ate fermented duck egg, a cow’s nose, raw fish eye, sheep’s testicle and bull’s penis in order to win the main courses.

Giovanna Fletcher chewed on a sheep's testicle for her final trial. (ITV/Shutterstock)
Giovanna Fletcher chewed on a sheep's testicle for her final trial. (ITV/Shutterstock)

Fletcher gagged on the fish eye admitting: “That’s vile!”

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As she chewed on a sheep’s testicle Ant and Dec serenated her with McFly’s hit single, It’s All About You, with the words changed to “It’s all about chew!”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I’m A Celebrity was filmed at Gwrych Castle in north Wales this year, instead of the Australian jungle.

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