'Im a Celeb': ITV responds to Holly Willoughby axe rumours

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! is back and despite getting massive ratings – not everyone has been happy with the host shake-up.

We're only a few episodes in, and already many viewers have voiced their disappointment with new host Holly Willoughby, who is replacing Ant McPartlin this series.

Some labeled her hosting style 'wooden' while others as 'awkward' and complained that she didn't get involved with enough 'banter' with her co-host Declan Donnelly.

The backlash, most visibly apparent on social media, led to reports circulating that Willoughby could be 'axed' before the series is over and replaced with another host.

But ITV has categorically denied these reports. A spokesperson said to Hello Magazinethat Willoughby will not be replaced, and called the notion 'absolute rubbish.'

"We are very happy with Holly presenting alongside Dec," the spokesperson continued.

Willoughby has talked of her nerves of stepping into McPartlin's shoes, and revealed on Extra Camp that she is 'relieved' her first episode of this series is over.

"Relieved, like massively. It's just so overwhelming this show, you walk in and you're here, like you've watched this on TV, it's been part of my life for years and now I'm here. It's surreal," said Willoughby.

While co-host Donnelly says he's enjoying 'seeing it through someone else's eyes.'

"The first day we went down and showed Holly the camp and I said, 'This is where we stand' and then I looked round and she wasn't there. She was at the entrance of the camp and just looking up and little tears in her eyes and she said, 'It's beautiful!'" he added.

This year's line-up includes The Chase star Anne Hegerty, actor John Barrowman and football manager Harry Redknapp. The rumoured highest ever paid contestant, Noel Edmonds, is expected to join the camp before this season is out.

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