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Ant McPartlin will not be returning to I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2018

Saturday Night Takeaway will also be postponed until 2020

Ant McPartlin, one half of the duo that is Ant & Dec, has said he will not be returning to host the next series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.

It's also been decided that their show Saturday Night Takeaway will be postponed until 2020.

Ant has been in rehabilitation since early this year after a relapse into alcohol and drug addiction ended up in a serious drink-driving accident involving another vehicle.

McPartlin confirmed he is taking an extended leave of absence until at least 2019.

The 42-year-old, who made his name starring in BBC’s Byker Grove, said:

"My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off.

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."

Co-star Dec will still be heading out to Australia to film the new 2018 series of I’m A Celebrity…but it's unclear whether he do it solo or work with a co-anchor.