Ant and Dec say they thought I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! sounded ‘terrible’ when they were first approached about the ITV show.
But it wasn’t the format they had the problem with, but rather its title.
Speaking on Radio Two, Ant McPartlin, 44, said: “The producers came in, they explained, ‘So, we’re going to get these celebrities, we’re going to put them in a jungle, we’re going to make them face their fears and do trials and stuff’.
“And we were like, ‘Well, this all sounds good, a bit like Big Brother and it’s a bit like other things, and they’re putting it all together. What’s it called?’
Ant and Dec on ‘awful’ I’m A Celebrity
“And they said, ‘I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!'”
Declan Donnelly, 44, added: “We both looked at each other and we were like, ‘Well that’s awful, isn’t it?'”
Ant confirmed: “What a terrible title. We were like, ‘Yeah we’ll do it, but the title will change, obviously’.
“Two years later, it hasn’t changed and it’s a huge show.”
The pair appeared on My Life As A Mixtape and promoted their upcoming book Once Upon A Tyne: Celebrating 30 years together on telly.
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Dec chose a Coldplay song in memory of the first series of I’m A Celebrity. He admits the first series wasn’t that enjoyable for either of them.
Dec said: “The first series wasn’t an altogether pleasurable experience.
“We were halfway through the series. We didn’t really know what we were doing.
“Coldplay had just released their second album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, and this was one of the tracks on it.
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“And in the middle of it there was a line that really summed up how we were feeling — ‘I was scared, I was scared, tired and underprepared’.”
However, the duo could end up feeling similarly on this year’s I’m A Celebrity.
As for the first time in its almost 20 year history it will be filmed in the UK.
At a castle built on historical grounds in Wales no less.
Due to coronavirus restrictions ITV had to relocate the series to Gwrych Castle in Abergele, North Wales.
Here Ant and Dec and a slew of celebs will film in freezing temperatures.
The roofless castle will be extremely cold this November – with an average of 8 degrees celsius.
And it is also said to be haunted – so much so that paranormal activities could easily be on the cards for the unsuspecting celebs.
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