Ant McPartlin releases new statement about I’m A Celebrity future

The show will return later in the year

Ant and Dec

by Alex Ross |

Geordie TV presenter Ant McPartlin has today announced he will NOT be hosting this year's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here alongside his on-screen partner Dec Donnelly. Ant, who was arrested and later charged with drink driving earlier this year, announced the news in a statement which was released on his behalf today (9th August).

The statement reads, "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."

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The statement also confirmed that Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will NOT be returning for a brand new series in 2019, to allow Ant some time off to focus on his health.

It continued, "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."

Despite the new statement, it hasn't yet been revealed by ITV if Dec will host the show alone, or whether a replacement for Ant will be drafted in.

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The news comes not long after ITV boss Carolyn McCall confirmed that Ant would return to his job as soon as he is ready. She told ITV News, "Clearly he won't come back a moment too soon. He will come back when he's well and when he is ready to come back, and ITV will not be putting him under any pressure to come back unless he's well and fit enough to come back."

After Ant's arrest in March, ITV initially released a statement confirming the presenter would be returning to rehab, leaving Dec on his own to present this year's live shows on Britain's Got Talent.

Earlier this week, Ant was spotted looking happy and healthy as he posed with a fan for a selfie which was later uploaded to Twitter.

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is due to return in November without Ant.

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