Ant is back in the jungle: Star reunites with Dec on I'm A Celebrity

18 November 2019, 04:12 | Updated: 18 November 2019, 09:38

Ant McPartlin made a joke about his break from I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! as he reunited with Declan Donnelly for a new series of the show.

The pair did not present the ITV programme together last year as McPartlin withdrew from his work commitments after he was arrested for drink-driving in March 2018.

This Morning host Holly Willoughby filled the gap left by McPartlin.

As the new series started on Sunday night, McPartlin joked about his absence, teasing Donnelly when he got confused about which contestant they were talking about: "I've had a year off, what's your excuse?"

The pair also took aim at the Duke of York's Newsnight interview, in which the royal addressed the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal and denied claims he had underage sex with Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's accusers.

Giuffre has said she recalled the royal sweating as they danced at a club, but he said he had a medical condition which meant he did not sweat.

Talking about this year's campers, McPartlin said they were likely to be "sweating" and Donnelly quipped: "Presuming they can sweat, not everybody can apparently..."

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The pair also joked that contestant Caitlyn Jenner would be gaining £500,000 in the jungle, following reports that is her salary for signing up.

After McPartlin was charged with drink-driving, he was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000.

He was driving while more than twice the legal limit.