ITV I’m A Celeb star reveals brutal snub from Ant and Dec as he hilariously confuses their names

Sam Thompson, a contestant on ITV's I'm A Celebrity, had an awkward encounter with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly months before his jungle adventure.

Just two months before entering the jungle, Sam bumped into Ant and Dec while covering the National Television Awards red carpet with his best friend and podcast co-host Pete Wicks.

However, things didn't go as planned when Sam tried to secure an interview with Ant and Dec. Despite his excitement, Sam was turned down by their publicist in what turned out to be a very awkward situation.

During the uncomfortable exchange, Sam repeatedly tried to persuade them to chat, even confusing Dec for Ant. To make matters worse, his friend Pete was there to film the entire incident.

In a video shared by Pete on the Staying Relevant TikTok account, Sam can be seen spotting Ant on the red carpet and rushing over to greet him. "You'd be amazing to interview for like five seconds, if that's OK," Sam then hopefully asked the TV presenter.

Despite the awkwardness, Sam remained unfazed and even thought they had "smashed" the situation.

Despite being snubbed by the presenting duo earlier this year, Sam is always thrilled when Ant and Dec visit the I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! camp.

Before heading into the I'm A Celebrity jungle, Sam confessed he hopes his time in the wild will help him grow up and pick up some new skills.

"Going in a boy and coming out a man? I absolutely love that idea. That is awesome. Is anyone going to let me cook in there? I doubt it. But of course I hope to learn new skills," Sam excitedly pondered.

He added: "I'm very happy to be a cog in the machine. Wherever someone doesn't want to do, I'll do it. So yeah, I'm very excited to do things that I need to do. I'm a people pleaser. I've got the backbone of a fish."

Sam left I'm A Celebrity viewers in hysterics over the weekend thanks to the way the star met his fellow campmates for the first time during Sunday night's series opener. Sam started off the series alongside Masterchef's Grace Dent, First Dates' Fred Siriex and former EastEnders actress Danielle Harold, all of whom he greeted with huge hugs.

The star seemed to forget he was also famous, as he told First Dates star Fred: "I'm such a big fan!" Viewers watching at home loved seeing Sam's excited nature on screen, with one quipping on X, formally known as Twitter: "I'm sorry but I absolutely love Sam Thompson. He's the most excitable person, and he loves everyone. You can tell he's loving the experience already."

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