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I’m A Celeb fans split over first glimpse of Holly and Dec

Viewers say "it won't be the same" without Ant

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Fans have given a mixed reaction after ITV revealed the first glimpse of Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly hosting I’m A Celebrity!

Viewers say “it won’t be the same” without Dec’s long-time co-presenter Anthony McPartlin, and some even fear the decision could kill the show.

Ant and Dec have hosted the show every year since it launched in 2002, and Holly makes her debut alongside Dec on Sunday night.

Read more: Why Dec Donnelly chose Holly Willoughby for I’m A Celebrity

But many fans say she is not a welcome replacement for Ant, who is taking a break from TV to focus on personal problems.

One tweeted: “Sorry but Holly is going to be a nightmare in jungle, hope focus is not on her all the time. wrong choice imo.”

Another wrote: “It won’t be the same without Ant & Dec together. I love the show and no offence to Holly but I would rather they had not done a series this year and wait until Ant’s back. Will still watch though!”

Look who’s joining Dec! First glimpse with new co-host Holly (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Holly and Dec pictured together Down Under ahead of I’m A Celeb

A third posted: “I think it’s going to be rather rubbish without Ant. The jungle could be finished after this.”

And a fourth fan added: “Never thought I would see any other presenter next to Dec other than Ant. Love holly but its not the same! Going to be a very strange series.”

Others said they would have preferred a different ITV host to take the show’s reins, such as Stephen Mulhern or Scarlett Moffatt.

But other viewers were happier with the choice.

One took to Twitter to say: “Stuff the comedy timing between Ant and Dec, I would rather see Holly.”

Another added: “Can’t wait for the new series to begin. Whilst Ant will be missed and sending him love in his recovery I am looking forward to seeing @hollywills and Dec together xx”

In the new trailer, Dec says: “The wait is almost over and the adventure of a lifetime is about to begin for 10 familiar faces.”

After Holly gives him a nudge, he adds: “Sorry, 11 familiar faces. You’re in the jungle!”

Holly replied: “I know, how did I get here?” before Dec concludes by adding: “It’s exciting! It’s the return of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”

Holly is replacing Ant on this year’s series (Credit: ITV)

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This year’s campmates include Noel Edmonds, Nick Knowles, Harry Redknapp, John Barrowman and The Chase’s Anne Hegerty.

* The series starts on ITV at 9pm on Sunday.

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