ITV I’m A Celeb hosts Ant and Dec break silence on Grace Dent’s show exit

Ant and Dec, the hosts of ITV's I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, have spoken out about Grace Dent's exit from the show.

Opening Monday night’s show, Ant said: “A day of big news in the jungle and sadly, Grace Dent has left the camp for medical reasons but she’s doing fine and we all send our best.”

Dec added: “We certainly do.”

Earlier today, an ITV spokesperson said: "Unfortunately Grace Dent has left the show on medical grounds. She has been a great campmate and will be missed by her fellow celebrities and viewers alike."

Grace, a food critic, expressed her worries about the drastic change in diet at the airport earlier this month as she landed in Australia. She said it would be a 'real shock to the system' to switch from dining out on fancy meals to a simple diet of beans and rice.

She also confessed that she was "dreading being really hungry" in the jungle, as contestants are known to lose a lot of weight on the show.

Grace admitted: "Everything is filling me with a real sense of dread, but I am especially dreading being really hungry because I tend to eat four or five posh meals out a week because I am a restaurant critic."

After leaving the camp, Grace was seen at Brisbane Airport just hours after ITV confirmed her exit.

A source told the Mirror: "She is heading back to London today. She is tired and she just wants to get home."

The star looked downcast as she entered departures, accompanied by security from the show.

Grace was chosen for the latest trial, Down The Tubes, but she didn't react and stayed silent after Ant and Dec called her name.

On Sunday night, viewers on social media site X, formerly Twitter, expressed concern for Grace.

In the Bush Telegraph, Grace had admitted that she was struggling as she confessed: "I haven't got a lot left in me at the moment. I'm just keeping on a face for everybody."

After hearing about her early exit from the I'm A Celebrity jungle, fans shared their reactions on X. One wrote: "Sad to hear Grace has quit but probably for the best. She wasn't looking great at all."

Another said: "I really liked Grace, hope she's doing okay."

After Grace left, ITV announced that EastEnders actress Danielle Harold would replace her in the upcoming Bushtucker trial with Josie.

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