The show just wouldn’t be the same without them, but one I’m A Celebrity star was totally ‘clueless’ on who Ant and Dec were, having to be filled in on their success by one of their co-stars.
Geordie duo Ant and Dec have been at the helm of the hit ITV show since its launch in 2002, when the line-up included campmates like Christine Hamilton, Nigel Benn, the late Tara Palmer-Tompkinson and first ever winner Tony Blackburn. Since then, I’m A Celeb has consistently been one of, if not THE biggest programme on ITV for years, inviting an eclectic mix of famous faces into the jungle.
Contestants on I’m A Celebrity over the years have included everyone from Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol to Caitlyn Jenner and soap stars to sporting icons and one of the most surprising names on the line-up fore 2023 is Jamie-Lynn Spears, the younger sister of music megastar Britney.
While she declared in her VT that she was best known for ‘being an actress and singer,’ many critical viewers accused Jamie-Lynn, 32, of riding on her sister’s coat tails, especially after publicly speaking out against her on numerous occasions. And, as well as her reluctance to talk about Britney on Sunday’s launch episode, one thing that became abundantly clear to people watching at home, was that, as well as seeming unsure about what being on I’m A Celebrity actually entailed, she had no clue who Ant and Dec were.
Jamie-Lynn did end up talking about Britney on Monday’s show, telling First Dates star Fred Siriex, that they had spoken before she jetted off to Australia, but still seemed none the wiser as to who presenters Ant and Dec were, having to be told by one of her co-stars that there were two of the biggest names on TV in the UK.
And as Jamie-Lynn continued to appear oblivious as to who they were, Ant and Dec avoided the ‘elephant in the room’ over her famous relative, referring to her as the brother of Bryan Spears, who is actually Jamie-Lynn and Britney’s brother and a film producer, but is far less known than the Baby One More Time singer. The presenters eventually relented, just as Jamie-Lynn was about to speak about Britney, with Dec miming the “It’s Britney b**ch’ intro from Gimme More to give the game away.
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