‘Priorities right’: Newcastle United fans react as Ant & Dec stop I’m a Celeb commitments for brilliant reason

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Ant & Dec paused their work on I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! on Saturday evening to do the same thing as everyone else in Newcastle.

Newcastle United fans have applauded Geordie duo Ant & Dec for briefly stopping their I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! filming commitments on Saturday evening to watch The Magpies take on Chelsea instead.

The presenters took to Twitter to share an image of themselves hunkered down around a small laptop screen watching Eddie Howe's side battle for three points against the London club at St. James' Park.

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Posted at 7:27 pm, Ant & Dec would have been watching the dying minutes of added time as tempers soared. A few minutes after the post the final whistle blew and confirmed all points would stay in Newcastle thanks to a Joe Willock goal securing a 1-0 win.

It's no secret that Ant & Dec love their local side, Dec was recently spotted at Craven Cottage to catch a final Magpies game before flying to Australia for the hit ITV show, but fans have been quick to praise the presenters for just how committed they are to their club.

One Twitter user wrote: "Nice to see you have your priorities right. 3rd until Boxing day at least. Howay the lads."

Others wrote "this needs a sneaky mention during the show" and "what a time to be a NUFC fan". Some also jokingly asked what streaming site Ant & Dec were using and others pointed out that there must have been a bigger screen for the duo to enjoy the match on. Ant & Dec couldn’t hide their glee with just that either, Ant later Tweeting: “EIEIEIO! #NUFC.”

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Of course, Ant & Dec aren't the only Newcastle United fans appearing on I'm a Celeb this year. Former Health Secretary and MP Matt Hancock claims to be a Magpies fan despite his roots in the south. Speaking to the Northern Echo in 2020, Hancock said: "I’m a Newcastle fan because my uncle Dave is a Geordie and when I was growing up in Chester, he used to take me every Christmas to the Man U/Newcastle game. That was in the era of Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer, and the heady days when we got almost to the top of the table. It has its ups and downs being a Newcastle fan but it all stems from Uncle Dave.”

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