The first trailer for the upcoming I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here series has been released as hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly dress up as knights as the series prepares to return to Welsh Castle.
However, the trailer was criticized by fans for the same reason.
In a behind-the-scenes video posted to Instagram, Ant shares exclusive footage of him and Dec on the set of the commercial.
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Ant can be seen riding what looks like a Shetland pony while Dec rides a much bigger white horse as the couple dress up as knights before the shows return at the castle.
In the clip, Ant jokes that the little horse is doing a little dance while galloping and moving its head up and down.
He said, “Haha that’s a little dance for you. “
Then he sings: “Do a little dance, have a little love, come down tonight.”
Later in the clip, Ant feeds the horse and says, “That’s what you get for being a good boy.”
Viewers are excited about the new series and can’t wait to see which celebrities are entering the series – full lineup has yet to be confirmed – but many have expressed disappointment with the use of the pony in the trailer.
Fans pointed out that the horse appeared to be in distress and uncomfortable, and some said Ant was “too heavy” to ride.
One fan wrote: “How was that actually allowed … beyond the belief that poor little pony is mean.”
Another said, “They are not cool guys. The reason the pony dances like this is because of the weight on its back. This pony should only carry the weight of a small child on its back, not an adult male in armor. The horse is clearly not happy, which doesn’t make him very funny.
A third wrote: “Bloody hell Ant, you are wey (sic) too big for that little horse to get off.”
Other fans were upset after seeing the ad.
One of them said: “I thought it was funny until I saw the ant horse … way too small for him with all that weight … upset me.”
Another wrote: “I love you and the guys, and I think you two are brilliant, but it’s not funny at all. The strain you are going to put on this little pony’s back is enormous. Disappointed in you guys.
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