There are unconfirmed reports emerging from the Australian jungle suggesting that when the cameras stopped rolling after Noel Edmonds did his I’m a Celebrity exit interview, he fired off a volley of four-letter foul-mouthed abuse at the show’s presenter, Declan Donnelly, as terrified pretty co-presenter Holly Willoughby (37) looked on in horror.

One show insider said: ‘It was all pretty normal stuff until the credits rolled and then it really kicked off big style. First thing happened was Noel got up and threw his drink right in Dec’s face and called him a ‘plagiarist bastard’. The former Lord of Crinkley Bottom then went on to harangue Donnelly about his regular sidekick, tragic Ant McPartlin, referring to him as “that other fucking knob who’s not here because he hasn’t the bollocks to face me!”

But true or not many media insiders have been quick to say the rumours don’t surprise them, with one high profile tabloid correspondent who wished not to be identified revealing: ‘Look, it’s widely agreed in TV circles that Ant and Dec completely and shamelessly ripped off virtually every feature in their Saturday Night Takeaway from Noel’s House Party, with the only difference being they thankfully decided not to have that stupid pink rubber wanker involved.’

ITV bosses are keeping tight-lipped on the matter and Noel’s agent was not taking calls. However his former House Party colleague, Mr Blobby, appearing earlier on Lorraine commented: ‘Blobby! Blobby! Wheeeeeeee!’ before demolishing the set then trying to shag her.