ITV Says Rumours Ant And Dec Could Be Scrapped From ‘I’m A Celeb’ Are ‘Utter Nonsense’
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Ever since Ant's drink driving charge, people around the UK have been questioning whether he and Dec Donnelly were going to present together.
The drama unfolded during the tail end of Saturday Night Takeaway and it's not been clear whether the Geordie duo would come together for Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!
Reports suggested ITV was considering scrapped Ant and Dec from the reality TV show set in the jungle.
An insider reportedly told a newspaper: "There's a very real possibility that Ant won't be available to present the next series of the jungle.
"Production staff who work on the show were worried that meant it may not go ahead and they'd be out of a job. A lot of crew members were in tears.
"While Ant and Dec are a big part of the show, they aren't bigger than the show. They are confident it would still work without them."
But the network has well and truly shut those rumours down.
"It is utter nonsense to suggest that Ant and Dec are set to be replaced on I'm A Celebrity," an ITV spokesperson told the Mirror.
There were similar questions around last year's season as Ant went into rehab for alcohol and prescription medication addiction a few months before the show premiered.
But, after a two-month stint, he was able to join Dec in the Aussie jungle to watch celebrities squirm over eating testicles.
Ant and Dec have hosted I'm A Celeb since it first started in 2002 and it would be a big move to have someone else host the show.
ITV bosses have opted to let Dec host Saturday Night Takeaway without Ant for the final few episodes as Ant heads to rehab for treatment. It wasn't a decision that the 42-year-old took lightly and it'll be the first time he's presented without his pal.
He will have the likes of Stephen Mulhern and Scarlett Moffatt to help him out, but it won't be the same without Ant beside him for their back and forth banter.
Dec is also reportedly 'delighted' to be having his first baby with wife Ali Astall. A source close to the pair has told the Sun: "This has come at a difficult time for them both, given everything that Ant is now going through and the pressure that has put on Dec in the past week.
"They have both always wanted a family but worried that it might not happen for them."
Sources: Daily Star, Mirror, Sun
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