Ant and Dec poke fun at I'm A Celeb's Hollie Arnold as she introduces herself as 'MBE'

Danny Thompson
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NEWPORT, WALES - DECEMBER 10:  Para Olympian Gold Medal Winner Hollie Arnold arrives at the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year awards 2019 at the Celtic Manor Resort on December 10, 2019 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
Parasports star Hollie Arnold at the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year awards 2019. (Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)

I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here made its long awaited return to screens on Sunday (15 November) and presenters Ant and Dec wasted no time in poking fun at the contestants.

The Geordie pair couldn’t help but gently mock parasport star Hollie Arnold after she introduced herself as an MBE.

Arnold was awarded the honour in 2017 for services to field athletics.

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The understandably proud athlete dropped the title in when introducing herself to fellow contestants while communicating via walkie-talkie.

It wasn’t missed by Ant and Dec, and when the show cut back to the pair they duly made fun of the formal introduction.

With the show this year taking place in Wales, they made reference to being in the same time zone as viewers with a "quick time-check".

Hollie Arnold MBE in a promotional still for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)
Hollie Arnold MBE in a promotional still for I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (ITV)

When Ant provided the time, Dec said: "Thanks for that, Ant."

Ant responded: "It's actually Ant McPartlin OBE."

Viewers also found the formal introduction amusing, with many taking to social media to point it out.

One person tweeted ““i’m hollie arnold MBE” hahaha ok cool i’m joe 5 GCSES nice to meet you.”

Ant and Dec have relocated from Down Under to Gwrych Castle. (ITV)
Ant and Dec have relocated from Down Under to Gwrych Castle. (ITV)

Another said: “Even @antanddec throwing shade on Hollie Arnold MBE. This is delicious.”

The show this year was forced to relocate to Gwrych Castle near Abergale, north Wales, due to coronavirus restrictions.

Show bosses still managed to secure an impressive line-up though, and Arnold isn’t the only campmate distinguished with a royal honour.

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Fellow athlete Sir Mo Farrah, who is the most decorated British track athlete in the modern Olympics, was awarded a CBE in 2013 for his services to athletics.

He was then given a knighthood in 2017.

I’m A Celebrity continues on ITV tonight at 9pm.

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