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I'm A Celebrity: Ant and Dec joke as presenter returns to TV following rehab

I'm A Celebrity returned to ITV on Sunday night, marking Ant McPartlin's return to television following a period on rehab.

The Geordie host appeared on the popular reality show alongside his long-time TV partner and friend Declan Donnelly, as both seemed happy to crack jokes about Ant's time away from the limelight.

As the show started, Dec joked he would be co-hosting with Holly Willoughby.

As Ant looked incredulous, asking "What?!", Dec explained he must be reading from an old script, saying: "Well nobody was sure if you would make it or not."

Ant said he was always going to return, adding: "I'm back my friend" as they hugged.

He added that it was "good to be back".

Later in the programme, Dec was showing off a model of the camp he said he had made, joking he'd had no help from Ant, before asking : "Where were you all summer anyway, what were you doing?"

"Just stuff... just dead busy," Ant replied before attempting to change the subject.

Meanwhile, jungle contestants Amir Khan and Georgia Toffolo will be the first celebrities to face a Bushtucker Trial following a public vote.

The boxer and the Made In Chelsea star were chosen to tackle the "Critter-cal Rescue" challenge.

The announcement rounded off Sunday night's launch show, which saw Boris Johnson's father Stanley emerge as an early favourite.

As well as Khan, Toffolo and Johnson, the line-up of hopefuls this year includes Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas, along with comedian Shappi Khorsandi.

They are joined by Saturdays singer Vanessa White and YouTube personality Jack Maynard.

From the sports world, ex-footballer Dennis Wise and Rebekah Vardy, wife of England footballer Jamie, are also taking part.

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Sunday night's show saw some of the stars tackling a terrifying Walk The Plank challenge 334 feet up on the roof of a Gold Coast hotel.

Other tasks included The Wreck, which saw Johnson, 77, rummaging through holes filled with creatures such as crabs and rats to secure tokens.

Things got off to a rocky start for the former MEP as he was bitten by a crab as soon as he started. "I got bitten immediately. Bloody hell!" he declared.

The show went down a storm with viewers, who were particularly taken with Johnson and tickled by his struggle to recognise some of his fellow campers.

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! continues on ITV at 9pm on Monday.

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