Ant McPartlin will not host this year's I'm a Celeb

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                    Ant Mc Partlin with regular co-host Declan Donnelly

It was also confirmed that Ant won't be resuming his presenting role for Saturday Night Takeaway until 2020.

This means he won't return to work until 2019 and will miss this year's series of I'm A Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway, two shows that he co-presents with December.

Ant McPartlin won't return for this year's I'm A Celeb.

"Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision". Get Me Out Of Here! later this year.

I'm A Celebrity.Get Me Out Of Here will go ahead this year but Ant will not present and instead Dec will take the helm.

Over the past few months McPartlin has step back from TV commitments and public appearances following a drink-driving charge earlier this year.

He'll miss the next series of I'm A Celebrity.

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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. Both shows have been remade in the US, I'm A Celebrity was remade for NBC, while Neil Patrick Harris presented Best Time Ever, a remake of Saturday Night Takeaway, for the same network. The pair said they hoped to bring back the show in 2020.

'Ant is clearly making good progress and we wish him all the very best and look forward to him returning to ITV next year.

"Sadly that means they have had to tell the production team today that they're going to have to push the next run back until the following year".

Troubled presenter Ant first sought rehab treatment in June 2017 after becoming addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol following a botched knee surgery in 2015.

He was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving while more than twice the legal limit.

Fans instantly began showing their support to Ant after the tweet.

ITV bosses are set to make an announcement about their plans for the upcoming "I'm A Celebrity" series "in due course".

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