Ant McPartlin smiling again while pal Dec Donnelly hosts I’m A Celebrity final
9th December 2018

Ant McPartlin has been spotted smiling on a dog walk just hours before the I’m A Celebrity live final.

The much-loved Geordie was filmed enjoying the fresh air on a walk with faithful pooch Hurley.

It’s a far cry from his usual surroundings at this time of year, as Ant is normally in Australia rehearsing for the final of the ITV reality show.

The presenter, who was replaced by Holly Willoughby during his absence, has swapped sunny Oz for wet and windy West London.

Ant was wrapped up warm with thick gloves, a black jacket and baseball cap while posing for a snap on a riverbank.

He met another dog walker and stooped down to pose for a snap with a Wire Fox Terrier.

The other dog walker tweeted: "While Dec of @antanddec hosts final @imacelebrity I’m with Ant fetching sticks with my #WireFoxTerrier and his #labrador #RiverThames"

Ant’s adorable black Labrador Hurley was seen bounding around in the background with a massive log between his jaws.

Lots of people were pleased to see and hear Ant again and flocked to Twitter with their kind words.

One fan said: "So good to hear his voice"

"That’s great. couldn’t love him any more," added another.

A third said: "Can’t wait to have you back on #ImACelebrity"

Ant probably won’t be talking to his pals about the I’m A Celebrity final as his showbiz friends want to let him focus on his recovery.

Phillip Schofield has revealed that Ant is not part of this year’s I’m A Celebrity WhatsApp group chat.

The This Morning presenter usually has a group with Ant and co-host Dec Donnelly while they are out in Australia.

But this year it’s just Dec and Holly in the chat while Ant "concentrates" on his recovery at home.

Phillip told Mirror Online that Ant’s famous pals are "letting him get well" and have not spoken to him about the series.

When asked if Ant had revealed his thoughts on this year’s show, he said: "I think Ant is concentrating on himself and so no we’re all letting him get well."

He added: "Both Ant and Dec and myself have also got a WhatsApp group for when they were out there. They’re very much like me. You can text or WhatsApp someone during a commercial break or long VT."

I’m A Celebrity airs tonight on ITV at 9pm

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