I'm A Celeb's Ant and Dec mock ITV viewer backlash over axed highlight shows

I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly hilariously mocked the show’s major fail last series, when Saturday episodes were ditched in favour of weekly highlights.

The move left viewers furious as they did not like the new style of episodes, and instead asked for the normal format to return.

This year their prayers have been answered, with it “business as usual” – and host Dec couldn’t wait to mock the backlash from viewers last series.

The pair joked about the highlight episodes after they were not received well at all, as they revealed Friday’s edition was not live.

I'm A Celeb's Ant and Dec mock ITV viewer backlash over axed highlight shows
© ITV I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly hilariously mocked their show’s major fail last series

Ant and Dec were forced to pre-record the latest episode for the first time since the series began, due to a storm hitting the area where they are filming in Wales.

Dec used this to reference the Saturday shake-up too, and said: “But don’t worry, it’s not like one of the hugely popular highlight shows we did on Saturdays last year, it’s business as normal.”

He and Ant, as well as the crew behind the scenes, were all heard hysterically laughing over the jibe.

I'm A Celeb's Ant and Dec mock ITV viewer backlash over axed highlight shows
© ITV I’m A Celebrity viewers were not impressed when Saturday episodes were replaced with highlights last year, leading to ITV scrapping them this series

Viewers tuning in appreciated it, glad that it was agreed the highlight shows were “a joke”.

One fan wrote on Twitter : “At least they admitted the ‘live’ saturday show last year was not well received lollll.”

Another agreed: “No live #ImACeleb because of #StormArwen, but it’s not like the dodgy Saturday night shows of last year – thank god for that.”

A third added: “Them Saturday shows were not it!” as a fourth commented: “Lol those Saturday shows last year were a joke.”

Bosses were able to see from last year’s series what worked and what didn’t in their new surroundings at Gwrych Castle in Wales, and what the viewers liked and were against.

They’ve now made big changes to the show and the run of the series, after “listening” to what the audience had to say.

I’m A Celebrity’s Creative Director Tom Gould told The Mirror about the return of normal episodes on the weekend: “We listened to what the viewers were saying last year and brought it back.”

I’m A Celebrity airs every night at 9pm on ITV.

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