BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Viewers touched as Ant McPartlin pushes Holly Willoughby to accept I’m A Celebrity gong after his absence from the series

Ant McPartlin sweetly pushed Holly Willoughby to accept the award on stage BBC]

Viewers were touched at the BAFTA TV Awards on Sunday night, as I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! was awarded the gong for best reality and constructed factual.

Ant McPartlin was absent from the show last year, following his arrest for drink-drinking and subsequent return to rehabilitation. 

Holly Willoughby kindly stepped in to take his place, and the entire team were awarded for their efforts as they all took to the stage to accept the coveted award – beating Dragons’ Den, Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds and The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night

BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Viewers touched as Ant McPartlin pushes Holly Willoughby to accept I’m A Celebrity gong after his absence from the seriesAnt McPartlin was absent from the show last year, and wanted Holly to accept the award BBC]

Declan Donnelly took to the stage alongside best pal Ant, who swiftly gave Holly a push to the podium to accept the award on behalf him. 

“Thank you Holly for helping me out last year,” Dec began in his speech, which was met by cheers from the crowd.

“You did a fantastic job standing in for Ant, who has reluctantly come up here tonight.”

BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Viewers touched as Ant McPartlin pushes Holly Willoughby to accept I’m A Celebrity gong after his absence from the seriesAnt and Dec were all smiles as they attended the ceremony together Getty]

BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Viewers touched as Ant McPartlin pushes Holly Willoughby to accept I’m A Celebrity gong after his absence from the seriesHolly Willoughby looked sensational in a purple sheer dress Getty]

Looking at Ant, he added: “There he is! 

“He’s still part the team, so we wanted him up here to celebrate as well.”

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Fans loved to see the trio take to the stage, with one writing: “@antanddec congratulations on your baftas boys and holly. Ant its only fair you went up for iacgmoh youre a big part 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.” sic].

BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Viewers touched as Ant McPartlin pushes Holly Willoughby to accept I’m A Celebrity gong after his absence from the seriesDeclan Donnelly and Anthony McPartlin were elated with the news their win Getty]

“I love that Ant went up with the others for @imacelebrity, it is still his show, no matter what people say. And I love that he pushed @hollywills forward!!” a second wrote.

“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,” a third added.

Holly looked simply sensational in a sheer dress which showed f her exceptional figure as she stepped up to accept the award.

After the show, she wrote on Instagram: “Thank you @bafta … so honoured to have been part the incredible team @imacelebrity 2018.”

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BAFTA TV Awards 2019: Viewers touched as Ant McPartlin pushes Holly Willoughby to accept I’m A Celebrity gong after his absence from the series