Dec Donnelly discovers he has billionaire relatives but they’re ‘ignoring him’

Declan Donnelly has claimed he is being given the cold shoulder by long-lost billionaire relatives after he tracked them down.

The presenter and his sidekick Ant McPartlin featured in ITV show DNA Journey last year where they researched their family tree.

Dec told how he found out Greg and Meg live in Connecticut, US, but they haven't responded to his emails.

The star joked that the pair might not "want anything to do with him", Mirror Online reports.

He told Ant: "There was Greg and Meg, relatives of mine in Connecticut, who were lovely and – what's the word I'm looking for?"

Ant responded: "Billionaires."

"That's it!" Dec replied.

"I've emailed them a few times but I've not heard anything back yet.

"Either I've got the wrong email address, or they want nothing to do with me."

Ant then quipped: "I know which one my money's on!"

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Dec did reveal that he has had more joy contacting another American relative.

He said: "One of my relatives who surprised me the most was a lady called Dixie Carter, a hugely successful American businesswoman who for a long time was involved in the wrestling industry.

"I'm still in touch with Dixie and, when she was on a European vacation last year, she came to Britain's Got Talent.

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"It was so lovely to see her again and you never lose that feeling of family connection."

Britain’s Got Talent 2020 returned to TV screens this month after production was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ant and Dec aren’t social distancing from each other on the show because they are getting tested for Covid-19 every four days to allow them to work together.

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, Ant explained:“We’re working on BGT and other things so we get tested every four or five days or so.

“We form a cohort with our households. We have to be careful of where we go and who we see. Nothing new there!”

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