The duo made the dig while discussing how contestant Danny Miller decided to hide from fellow campmate David Ginola the fact that the rest of the campmates had failed a challenge. Their failure in the trial meant the French former footballer would not get to read a letter from his girlfriend and child.
“So they have decided to cover it up,” Ant said, with Dec replying: “Not a great idea that, is it?”
Dec gave a nod to the leaked footage – while still ostensibly discussing the latest drama from the camp – adding: “The situation was as clear as day. We all watched the video of them getting the question wrong. It was obvious what happened.”
It’s not the first time the two presenters have called out Johnson and his government over this topic.
“Ant and Dec are ahead of the prime minister on this. The prime minister has been caught red-handed,” he added, causing laughter in the chamber. “Why doesn’t he end the investigation right now by just admitting it?”
Noting their mention at PMQs, Dec partially quoted Starmer in last night’s show, saying: “Even Ant and Dec are ahead of the prime minister – sorry, Danny Miller – on this one. Don’t worry, we will launch an inquiry or something. Not that that will do anything.”
Downing Street has spent the past week repeatedly denying that a party took place. On Tuesday, Johnson told reporters: “I am satisfied myself that the guidelines were followed at all times.”
Then, at PMQs on Wednesday, Johnson apologised “unreservedly” for the leaked footage before announcing an inquiry into whether there had indeed been a rule-breaking party held on December 18.
There have also been reports of gatherings which allegedly took place on 13 and 27 November. In a press conference on Wednesday (December 8), Johnson seemingly admitted that the cabinet secretary would be able to go further than just reviewing what happened on December 18 and “look at other things.”
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Police have said they will not investigate the Downing Street Christmas Party - despite receiving “a significant amount of correspondence” over the alleged breaches at Number 10, saying that they do not “provide evidence of a breach” of Covid rules.
Of course, Twitter loved Ant and Dec’s second dig at Johnson and felt that they captured how the public feels about the situation.
Just hand them their next NTA already. They've earned it! 😂 https://t.co/eY8wRE8dxM