Well it’s now a fact, Ant McPartlin has announced that he will not be returning to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! this year with his longtime TV partner Declan Donnelly.
McPartlin has come a long way since checking himself into a rehab facility in March this year after being convicted of drink driving.
It appears though that Ant isn’t ready for a return to primetime.
The 41-year-old released a trough his PR agent saying: ‘Ant McPartlin today announces he will continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019. Ant will not present ‘I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’ in November this year.
‘In addition Ant and Dec have made the joint decision not to present a new series of ‘Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’ in Spring 2019.’
As of now there is no word on his replacement for the show, there is even talk that Dec will present the show on his own.
Also written in the statement is the following: ‘Neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of the show and therefore felt it was better to rest the series next year. They will instead bring the show back in 2020, bigger and better than ever.’
Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television said: ‘ITV is completely supportive of Ant taking as much time as he needs in his recovery and of this mutual decision to rest Takeaway in 2019.
‘Ant is clearly making good progress and we wish him all the very best and look forward to him returning to ITV next year.
‘An announcement on I’m A Celebrity plans will be made in due course.’
We wish Ant all the best.