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Thursday 12th December 2019

Ant McPartlin messages Dec and Holly for I'm A Celeb

TV star turns 43 today

Anthony McPartlin has sent an adorable good-luck message to I'm A Celebrity new pairing Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby.

The series, which starts tonight, is the first without Ant since its launch in 2002.

But he made clear how much he is rooting for telly partner Dec hosting alongside This Morning's Holly with a sweet, cheeky tweet today.

Holly will host the series with Dec (Credit: ITV)

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Referring to Dec's height, he posted: "All the very best of luck to the little fella and @hollywills for the show tonight.

"Lots of love from the big fella!! A #ImACeleb Xxxxxx."

It is understood that Ant played a big part in choosing his replacement for this year's series Down Under while he recovers from personal problems.

The Geordie duo have been pals with Holly for many years, enjoying nights out and evenings in.

Ant and Dec hosting I'm A Celeb (Credit: ITV)

Ant, who turns 43 today, earlier received a hilarious birthday message from Dec from the other side of the world on the official Ant and Dec Twitter account.

Sharing a photo of the pair dressed up as Marge and Homer Simpson from their joint Instagram account, Dec wrote: "Happy Birthday Homer. Love, Marge x"

ITV released a trailer with the new pairing (Credit: ITV)

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Ant, who is spending his first adult birthday without Dec, replied: Doh!!! thanks kidda x A."

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

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