I’M A Celebrity’s Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly branded ex contestant Timmy Mallett “an a**e” last night.
The presenters aimed a savage swipe at the comedian during their opening gambit as they hosted the show live from the castle.
They were talking about how Frankie Bridge made a cast of her bum for husband Wayne Bridge when they made the quip.
Dec said: “I’ve been struggling to think of what to get everyone for Christmas this year but now I’m sorted.
“A cast of me a**e.”
Ant replied: “That’s a good idea. We’ve cast a few a***s on this show over the years!”
Smiling, Dec said: “Yeah, naming no Timmy mallets.”
Kids TV show host Timm Mallett kept millions of children entertained with his whacky antics and trusty sidekick Pinky Punky.
During the 1990s, his early morning kids show Wacaday was huge but when it was cancelled, Mallett’s roles in other TV work didn’t materialise.
Several appearances on reality TV shows like The Match and I’m a Celebrity failed to spark a TV comeback for the faded star who now does panto every year.
He appeared on I’m A Celeb in 2008 along with eventual winner Joe Swash, ex politician and presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk, and glamour model Nicola McLean.
But Timmy irritated his co-stars with his unique laugh and he once handed out bugs he had saved from a trial to his camp mates, causing concerns he would bring on an infestation.
Nicola McLean ranted about him in the Bush Telegraph, noting: “He must be the only person ever to have brought back 12 stars and still got on everyone’s nerves”.
Timmy also clashed with Robert Kilroy-Silk, whom he had infuriated by laughing during throughout another trial.
Timmy knew he wasn’t a favourite on the show at the time, saying: “I could go back to camp with nothing at all and Robert would go bosh and punch me. I’d rather face 50,000 critters anytime.”
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Despite Ant and Dec’s joke they previously told HOAR that Timmy was one of their favourite contestants, and they’ve since worked with him on Saturday Night Takeaway.
Opening up on who didn’t go down well behind the scenes, Dec told HOAR: “Probably my least favourites are some of them you don’t actually remember, as they didn’t bring a lot to the camp.
“Gillian McKeith not doing trials was frustrating at the time but that was her journey on the show.
“At the time when you’re there and you’re trying to get her to do it and she says no, you feel sorry for all the people that have put so much effort into producing the trials and making them so spectacular.”