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I'm A Celebrity's Ant and Dec hit back at viewer backlash over Saturday night highlights episode

I'M A Celeb's Ant and Dec have hit back at backlash over Saturday's highlights episode.

Last night, some viewers had tuned in to see the latest goings on in the Welsh castle, but were greeted by a pre-recorded highlights and unseen footage show instead.

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In the opening minutes of tonight's live episode, the cheeky hosts responded to the trolling they had received on social media over the previous episode.

Dec said: "We have a bumper 75 minute show for you and we are completely live without a highlights package in sight."

Ant added dryly: "Yes, thanks for all your messages about last night's pre-recorded highlights show."

Dec chipped in: "It wasn't just highlights there was loads of unseen footage."

Ant continued: "We really appreciate the feedback…although I should point out that medically, I can't actually do that to myself."

As the crew could be heard laughing off camera, the pair then launched into what was coming up on tonight's show.

Viewers had indeed kicked off last night, with one writing on Twitter: "what a pathetic idea this highlight show is in a Saturday night that for real?"

Another tweeted: "What was that travesty of a show tonight. Highlights? After 7 days? Give over. You might do highlights after the whole show has finished. Dreadful."

A third added: "Why do we need a highlights show…. it’s not like anyone’s gone out and missed one ffs."

Thankfully for Ant and Dec, fans were amused by their cheeky response to the backlash, with one writing on Twitter: "And this is why we love @antanddec when you mess up ….. own it ….long live #antanddec and the end of pre-recorded highlights shows."

Another added: "Brilliant and typical of @antanddec acknowledging the hate for last night’s highlights show."

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