Following last week’s car crash, for which Ant McPartlin was arrested and charged with drink driving, the future of one of Britain’s most loved hosting duo’s has been up in the air.
While Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was not broadcast last night, it will go ahead next Saturday starring just Declan Donnelly with help from Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern.
But what about I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here? The highly anticipated jungle based series which runs towards the end of every year and has done for the past 15.
According to the Daily Star, there’s a real possibility that the show may not go on.
A source reportedly told the Star:
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.
But bosses have reassured everyone it will go ahead no matter what.
When it comes to the jungle they don’t want to have Dec presenting it on his own. They know people love Ant and Dec, but if they can’t have both of them fronting the series, they’d rather have neither.
The Geordie twosome are loved across the globe for their cheeky yet innocent humour and the way they bounce off one another throughout whatever they’re on.
However – what would it be like without Ant? Could it still work?
The source continued:
When it comes to the jungle they don’t want to have Dec presenting it on his own.
They know people love Ant and Dec, but if they can’t have both of them fronting the series, they’d rather have neither.
While nothing is certain yet, if they were to replace Ant, or even both of them, their potential replacements remain totally unknown.
People have been writing on Twitter who they think would be a fitting replacement:
@itvtakeaway Being a huge Ant and Dec fan I have found the last few days upsetting. I hope that Ant gets the help he so needs and Dec gets the support that he needs without his best friend by his side. Holly Willoughby would be the perfect candidate to present the show with him.
— Karen (@Kamar71Karen) March 21, 2018
Ant is human and to be human is to err. Hoping Ant is feeling the love and best wishes from us all. I do reckon Holly Willoughby would be a fab co-host contender!
— Liz Hurford (@lizfiz) March 22, 2018
@antanddec why not get the likes of @Schofe & Holly & several others to step in for Ant & each share segments with Dec for the next 2 SNTA shows. Don’t make Dec go out there alone – they both need the support of friends at the mo. Best wishes Ant.
— Greg Oram (@greg_oram) March 22, 2018
Ant McPartlin, who was arrested at the scene of the crash and failed a breathalyser test, has since been charged with drink-driving following his collision with three cars on Sunday, March 18.
Minor injuries occurred at the scene and McPartlin was later interviewed under caution at Kingston police station.
The TV presenter will now appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 4 April.
If found guilty, McPartlin could face up to six months in prison, a fine and a driving ban lasting a year.
Following the crash, McPartlin revealed he would be going back to rehab.
Ant’s publicist, Simon Jones, later released the following statement:
Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments.
He has spoken with Dec and ITV today and asked for time off for the foreseeable future.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.