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I'm a Celebrity's Ant & Dec explain why Saturday episodes weren't live for 2020 series

"Our Twitter blew up."

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly have addressed I'm a Celebrity's divisive Saturday episodes from the last series.

Chatting exclusively to Digital Spy ahead of Saturday Night Takeaway's return to ITV today (February 20), the popular presenting duo explained the makers' decision to introduce an 'unseen footage' special featuring the Welsh castle's famous inhabitants.

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"Right, I'll tell you the story behind it," laughed Dec. "There was a whole uncertainty about whether the show would actually make it on air. So everybody was really nervous about it. There was a hell of a lot of setup. Were we going to be ready on time?

"It was deemed that one thing that would really help the show get on air, and stay on air for three weeks, would be to give everybody a night off to regroup every week."

The 45-year-old went on to add: "So, they said, 'Saturday night, what we'll do is a story of the week, with some unseen footage. We'll put that in on a Saturday, and that gives everybody the chance to regroup down in Wales. I'm sure the audience is going to understand.'

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"The show came back on the Sunday night, and our Twitter blew up," revealed Dec, but the widespread love for the show's return wouldn't last.

"Hard cut to Saturday night, when the clip show goes out. Our Twitter blows up again. 'You pair of arseholes! You've wrecked 2020! A highlights show?!'"

Chipping in, Ant added: "Oh my God. That's the best lesson in 'don't listen to the bad, and don't listen to the good'. We got from one extreme to the other within the space of six days. It was hilarious."

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