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09th Aug 2018

Ant McPartlin quits I’m a Celebrity

It will be the first time in 15 years he won't take part.

Kyle Picknell

A statement has been released on the duo’s behalf

Ant McPartlin won’t be presenting the upcoming series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, it has been confirmed.

He will continue to take a break from all television and presenting roles after being involved in a drink driving accident and entering rehab earlier in the year. He was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving whilst over twice the legal limit.

It will be the first time in 15 years that the popular presenter hasn’t been involved in the series.

His close friend and TV partner Declan Donnelly is now set to present the reality show alone, which is due to air in November. He received huge praise from audiences after appearing without McPartlin for the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway.

In addition, they have also stated that a joint decision has been made that neither of them will be presenting the next series of Saturday Night Takeaway, due in 2019.

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. 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.

“Production and filming for a Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would normally have already started, and continue throughout 2018 and early 2019.

“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 Director of Television, has said in response to the news: “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.

A further announcement concerning I’m a Celebrity is expected to be made by the channel in due course.

Ant has confirmed that his recovery is going ‘very well’ but needs more time away before returning to our screens.