Sam Thompson was awkwardly snubbed by I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! hosts Ant and Dec just two months before his appearance on the reality TV show.
The Made In Chelsea star, 31, came face-to-face with his ‘idols’ when making his I’m A Celebrity debut on Sunday night as the much-anticipated series kicked off.
But Sam had previously met the hosting duo two months previously while reporting on the red carpet of the National Television Awards with his pal Pete Wicks.
However, he was awkwardly snubbed by Ant and Dec when he spotted them on the red carpet and was sent away by their publicist in an awkward encounter.
In re-emerged footage, shared to Sam and Pete’s Staying Relevant TikTok at the time, Sam was seen very excitedly greeting Ant on the red carpet.
Oh dear! Sam Thompson was awkwardly snubbed by I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! hosts Ant and Dec just two months before his appearance on the reality TV show
He asked: ‘You’d be amazing to interview for like five seconds, if that’s OK.’
But shaking his head, the publicist apologised and Ant kindly went to shake Sam’s hand before leaving, but the star awkwardly misunderstood and thought he wanted to chat.
‘Oh good man, thank you sir,’ Sam said, before awkwardly backtracking as he said: ‘Oh you’re saying hi, OK, I really appreciate that, thanks very much.’
TOWIE star Pete could be heard cringing from nearby as he watched the exchange, saying: ‘Oh God, the awkwardness.’
Sam then shouted after Ant: ‘We’ve always wanted to be you, we’ve always wanted to be you!’
He also hilariously ran down the red carpet after Dec, who quickly shook his hand and told him, ‘I think we’re late,’ before dashing off.
Running back over, Sam was thrilled as he said: ‘I got a handshake so, f**k it,’ but Pete added: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever been more embarrassed to be your friend.’
In another video of their NTA highlights, Pete could be heard saying: ‘He’s being ignored by Ant,’ as he watched on.
Unfazed, Sam grinned as he insisted: ‘I think we just smashed that!’
Awkward: At the NTAs, Sam was seen asking to interview Ant, but his publicist declined and apologised, with Ant giving him a handshake – only for Sam to misunderstand the gesture
Oh no! He also hilariously ran down the red carpet after Dec, who quickly shook his hand and told him, ‘I think we’re late,’ before dashing off
Just two months after the encounter, Sam met Ant and Dec once again when he made his I’m A Celebrity debut on Sunday night.
Introducing him on the show, Dec joked: ‘First up is the winner of the world’s most enthusiastic man for the last five years running, Sam Thompson.’
Speaking to camera, Sam then admitted: ‘I’ve watched almost every series, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life.
‘I can’t wait to meet Ant and Dec. I’m the biggest fan of them!’
Sam – who has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) – was also compared to an ‘excitable puppy’ by fans after making his debut on the show.
He started off the series alongside Masterchef’s Grace Dent, First Dates’ Fred Siriex and EastEnders’ Danielle Harold, all of whom he greeted with huge hugs.
Fans said that the former MIC star appeared to forget he was also famous as he gushed over his fellow star’s telling Fred: ‘I am such a big fan!’
Loving life: I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! viewers were left in hysterics by Sam Thompson as the show returned for a new series on Sunday
Excited: The reality star was compared to an ‘excitable puppy’ by fans as he appeared starstruck to meet his fellow campmates (Sam greets Fred Siriex with a hug)
Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, one viewer said: ‘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’.
While a second wrote: ‘Sam hugging them with such passion is actually HILARIOUS on another level’.
And a third added: ‘Every time Sam Thompson meets a new celeb he’s like a golden retriever seeing another golden retriever in the park.’