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BAFTA Viewers In Bits As Ant McPartlin Pushes Holly Willoughby To Pick Up Award
The BAFTAs saw I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here pick up the gong for Best Reality and Constructed Factual Show last night, and Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were sure to honour Holly Willoughby with the award.
Holly stepped in for Ant during I'm A Celeb 2018 after the Geordie TV personality temporarily stepped back from all his presenting duties following a drink-drive charge and stint in rehab.
While he didn't appear on the show at all, Ant did join his long-time co-host Dec on stage with the rest of the jungle team, but ensured Holly was also there right up with them.
As the award was announced on Sunday evening at the Royal Festival Hall on London's Southbank, Ant gave Holly a push towards the stage to make sure she accepted the award after all her hard work on I'm A Celebrity last year.
Dec also gave Holly a nod in the speech as they accepted the BAFTA together, much to the delight of the crowds.
"Thank you Holly for helping me out last year," Dec started his speech, which was met by applauds from those sitting in the audience.
Making it clear that Ant felt like he couldn't accept the award either, Dec continued: "You did a fantastic job standing in for Ant, who has reluctantly come up here tonight."
"There he is!" Dec said, pointing out Ant, "He's still part of the team, so we wanted him up here to celebrate as well."
Viewers watching the show took to Twitter moved by their sweet tribute to Holly.
Absolutely loved that Ant was reluctant going up and let Holly take the credit as it should be! Great series, thoroughly deserved!! Well done xx @antanddec- Fiona Hughes (@jambosgirl) May 12, 2019
Ant pushing Holly to the podium :laughing::heart:- randomfangirl07 (@RandomFangirl07) May 12, 2019
Ant pushing Holly forward with Dec was so sweet :cry::heart:- juli watson:heart: (@xxjuliwatsonxx) May 12, 2019
@antanddec congratulations on your baftas boys and holly. Ant its only fair you went up for iacgmoh youre a big part of an amazing team and you both made her dream come true when she stepped in for you as you took some time out. It was lovely to see you looking so well and happy.- julie mcdiarmid (@julie_mcdiarmid) May 12, 2019
*Dec getting on th stage n taking the Bafta- AntandDec Fan Club (@AAD_FanClub) May 12, 2019
*Standing at "his side" of th mike
*Starting th speech leaving Ant's space in the podium
*Ant pushing Holly n Dec bit startled 2 see Holly instead
*Dec thanking all n looking behind 2 acknowledge Ant
This can make 4 a RomCom scene:heart_eyes::joy:
After the show, Holly wrote on Instagram: "Thank you @bafta ... so honoured to have been part of the incredible team @imacelebrity 2018."
Congrats to the I'm A Celeb team!
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