I'm A Celebrity: Ant and Dec praise crew as show returns to air after Storm Arwen disruption

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Ant and Dec have welcomed back viewers to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! after three days off air, praising an "incredible job" by those that got the show back up and running. The ITV show returned on Tuesday night after extreme weather conditions during Storm Arwen caused production difficulties at Gwrych Castle in North Wales.

The programme was cancelled for the first time in 19 years and the celebrity campmates were removed from the castle over the weekend.

At the beginning of the episode, hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly said: “It’s been a crazy few days, but the castle is back in business.

"And for 11 famous faces, the journey continues. The storm clouds have almost cleared here at I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!”

McPartlin added: “Welcome to Wales. I can’t tell you how good it feels to say those words and be back. Now you may have noticed we haven’t been with you since Friday night due to Storm Arwen.”


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He then showed a series of images of the destruction caused by the storm on the production site, confirming that the castle was not damaged but adding that the celebrities were evacuated as a precaution and taken to separate locations without phones, internet or TVs. Donnelly added: “Meanwhile, we were working around the clock to get the show back on air, and when I say we, I mean a lot of bigger boys than us in hard hats and high-vis jackets. But they did an incredible job, well done lads and lasses, thank you for your efforts.”

The storm added to a series of unprecedented disruptions throughout the show's first week. An intruder had been removed from the set after a security breach, then on Thursday, Richard Madeley announced he was leaving the show after being taken to hospital when he fell ill in the early hours of the morning.