Following the release of an I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! behind the scenes clip, the TV presenter, 45, came under fire from animal welfare charity PETA.
Days later, Ant was spotted out and about wearing a casual black jumper and shorts, teamed with a pair of trainers and white Puma golf cap.
Stepping out: Ant McPartlin was spotted making a low-key outing in London on Monday afternoon after being accused of ‘endangering a pony’ during a recent video
Ant was recently seen filming the advert for the new series while sat on a small Shetland pony.
He shared the BTS clip of himself and Declan Donnelly on set after the official trailer for I’m A Celeb dropped on Friday.
In the footage he shared to Instagram, Ant is dressed as a knight and sat on the back of the horse as he joked it was doing ‘a little dance’ while pacing around.
Backlash: Following the release of an I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! behind the scenes clip, the TV presenter, 45, came under fire from animal welfare charity PETA
Under fire: He shared the BTS clip of himself and Declan Donnelly on set after the official trailer for I’m A Celeb dropped on Friday
Dec was also seen in the clip, like Ant dressed as a knight, seated on a much bigger white horse as it shuffled about with him on its back.
Ant joked: ‘Haha it’s doing a little dance for you,’ before singing: ‘Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight.’
He was later seen feeding the horse a treat and saying: ‘This is what you get for being a good boy.’
However, reacting to the footage, PETA released a statement slamming the decision to use the horse for ‘cheap laughs’ as the organisation urged bosses to find ‘more creative and humane ways’ to promote the show.
New promo: Ant shared footage of him filming the advert for I’m A Celebrity’s new series to the Instagram page he shares with Declan Donnelly on Sunday night
PETA’s Director Elisa Allen said in a statement to MailOnline: ‘Is there anything I’m A Celebrity wouldn’t do in a desperate attempt to get cheap laughs at the expense of animals’ welfare?
‘This stunt caused a Shetland pony to struggle and risk acute back pain and even lameness.’
Allen added: ‘PETA urges the show’s producers to find more creative and humane ways of introducing its absurd antics and to leave animals in peace.’
While fans were excited to see the return of I’m A Celebrity to TV screens next month, the post – shared via Ant and Dec’s Instagram page – was overshadowed by those also sharing their ‘disappointment’ over the use of the small pony in the advert.
Difference: In the footage, Dec is seen sat on the back of a much bigger white horse
Funny guy: Ant jokes in the clip that his horse is ‘trying to do a little dance’ as it paces around with him on his back and moves its head up and down
All dressed up: He is seen dressed up as a knight while on set filming in the countryside
Claiming that the horse looked like it was in discomfort and Ant was ‘too heavy’ to be sitting on its back, fans said they were left ‘upset’ by the footage.
‘Bloody hell Ant you are wey (sic) too big for that little horse get off,’ wrote one person.
Another questioned: ‘How was this actually allowed …beyond belief that poor little pony it’s wicked.’
A third alleged: ‘That’s not cool guys. The reason that pony is dancing around like that is because of the weight on his back. That pony should only carry the weight of a small child on his back, not a full grown man in armour. The horse is clearly not happy which doesn’t make it very funny.’
Horsing around: The star was in high spirits as he straddled the pony in his costume
‘Good boy’: In the footage, Ant was also seen giving the horse a treat for being a ‘good boy’
‘Poor little pony’: Fans were quick to share their ‘disappointment’, as hundreds commented on the clip and claimed Ant was ‘too big’ to be sat on the pony
A fourth said: ‘Love your work, always have, but shame on you both for using that small pony to carry Ant who is clearly far to heavy for it.’
‘I thought it funny until I saw Ants horse.. far too small for him with all that weight.. made me upset,’ said one more follower.
‘Would have been better if they showed him on a rocking horse as he is far too heavy for that pony,’ added another.
One person commented: ‘I’m shocked this was allowed! Ant is much too big for that small pony! So disappointed.’
Another shared: ‘I love you and guys and think you are both brilliant but this is not funny at all. The strain you will be putting on that small pony’s back is huge. Disappointed in you guys.’
Mixed reviews: While some found the behind-the-scenes clip ‘hilarious’, others shared their ‘upset’ over Ant being sat on the back of the small horse
Others found the size of the horse funny, as they applauded the tongue-in-cheek clip, with one follower commenting: ‘Hilarious that horse is far too small.’
‘This is hilarious haha,’ said one fan, as plenty more commented with crying laughing emoji.
MailOnline has reached out to a spokesperson for ITV for comment.
The official trailer for this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity, which will take place in the UK once again at Gwrych Castle in Wales, was released on Friday.
In the 40-second long clip, Ant and Dec are seen heading out on a quest dressed as knights, with Ant joking about the size of his horse compared to Dec’s, who is shorter than him, and quipping: ‘I think we’ve got the wrong horses.’
Back again: The official trailer for I’m A Celeb dropped on Friday, with Ant joking in the 40-second long clip that he thinks he and Dec, who is shorter than him, got the ‘wrong horses’