Ant McPartlin confirms he won't present I'm A Celebrity this year

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Ant McPartlin has announced he will be missing I'm A Celebrity.Get Me Out Of Here this year.

He was also forced to host the live shows of this year's 'Britain's Got Talent', alone, but won acclaim from viewers for his solo efforts.

The highly successful Geordie duo have been friends since they worked together on Byker Grove as teenagers.

Ant began rehab treatment in March after getting convicted of drink driving, and has chose to take this year to focus on getting better before he resumes his filming commitments, which were due to start imminently.

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.

ITV Director of Television Kevin Lygo 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. 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.

A statement on behalf of Ant and Dec read: "Ant McPartlin today announces he will continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019".

Ant McPartlin won't be presenting the upcoming series of I'm a Celebrity.

It's unclear whether Ant's longtime presenting partner Dec Donnelly will front the show on his own.

However, Ant and Dec are set to bring "Saturday Night Takeaway" back "bigger and better than ever" in 2020.

The show usually begins filming in 2018, meaning the series will rest until 2020.

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. I'd like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year'.

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

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