I’m A Celeb bosses ‘stand by Ant and Dec as fans call for Holly Willoughby’s return amid plummeting ratings’ – The Sun

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I’M A Celebrity bosses won’t cave in to fans demanding Holly Willoughby return to the jungle after ratings for this year’s series plummeted.

The This Morning star, 38, stepped in for Ant McPartlin last year and helped the show amass it’s highest ever ratings with over 12million tuning in for its first week.

 I'm A Celebrity bosses won't cave in to fans demanding Holly Willoughby return to the jungle

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I’m A Celebrity bosses won’t cave in to fans demanding Holly Willoughby return to the jungleCredit: ITV

The Sun recently revealed how this year’s series lost more than five million viewers amid complaints the line-up was boring.

And while some have urged bosses to bring Holly back, the Daily Star reports that it simply won’t happen.

A source said: “Producers like having Ant and Dec back together.

“Even with the ratings going down, they are still confident that the lads are the best ­presenters for the show.

 The boys have been on good form this series

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The boys have been on good form this seriesCredit: ITV
 Holly helped bring in record-breaking figures

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Holly helped bring in record-breaking figuresCredit: Rex Features
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“That means they won’t be bringing Holly back.”

The Sun Online has contacted a show rep for comment.

Tweets from fans clamouring for Holly to front the 2020 edition, included this: “holly willoughby presenting i’m a celeb. bring her back asap #ImACeleb.”
Another said: “I’m actually missing @hollywills on I’m a celeb this year #imaceleb.”

As a third wrote: “Last year on I’m A Celeb, Holly Willoughby wore brilliant outfits every single night. Ant and Dec are wearing some of the most boring clothes I’ve seen in my life. Bring back Holly.”

 

The first episode fronted by Ant and Dec last month pulled in 10.63 million, but just 5.46 million saw last Saturday’s show.

And to make matters worse for producers, each night’s programme averaged 1.23 million fewer than its equivalent episode last year.

An industry source said: “Seemingly, some viewers haven’t stuck about after seeing who was taking part.

“There are some great names in Caitlyn Jenner and Ian Wright, but with every big star there must be lesser-known people — and some viewers think there are just too many unknowns.

“There hasn’t been heaps of drama and viewers look to be turning off in quite large numbers at the moment.”

 I'm A Celeb has lost a whopping 5 million viewers amid mounting complaints about the show's dull line-up
I’m A Celeb has lost a whopping 5 million viewers amid mounting complaints about the show’s dull line-upCredit: Rex Features
 The show's first episode, which featured Jacqueline Jossa performing a high-rise plank walk, pulled in 10.63 million viewers
The show’s first episode, which featured Jacqueline Jossa performing a high-rise plank walk, pulled in 10.63 million viewersCredit: Rex Features

And viewers also noticed a huge lack of sexy scenes after the show’s female stars opted to stay away from the camp’s iconic waterfall shower.

Which has proved a hit in previous years thanks to campmates including Myleene Klass and Vicky Pattison.

Minor squabbles saw former footballer Ian clash briefly with Andrew, and James Haskell accused Kate Garraway of “stupidity” — but little to really get viewers talking.

 Each night’s programme is averaging 1.23million fewer than its equivalent episode last year
Each night’s programme is averaging 1.23million fewer than its equivalent episode last yearCredit: Rex Features

In fact, there was more drama away from the cameras after Jacqueline Jossa was allowed to make contact with husband Dan Osborne over claims he cheated on her with campmate Myles Stephenson’s ex Gabby Allen.

The allegation prompted the ex-EastEnders star to break down and remove her wedding ring.

 There have been minor squabbles, involving both James Haskell and Ian Wright, but little to really get viewers talking
There have been minor squabbles, involving both James Haskell and Ian Wright, but little to really get viewers talkingCredit: Rex Features


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