Ant McPartlin’s Future Decided After Drink Driving Crash

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Gambling firm 32Red are sticking by Ant McPartlin during his recent troubles by keeping him as the face of their adverts.

The 42-year-old TV presenter was famously dropped by Suzuki cars after being charged for drink-driving last week.

However, the gabling giants are standing by the Saturday Night Takeaway host.

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A spokesman told The Sun:

32Red has a commercial deal with ITV and we license the gameshows Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Our commercial relationship is with ITV and we have created slot games based on the TV shows, rather than a sponsorship deal.

At this time we do not have any intention to change the commercial relationship with ITV.

ITV signed a three-year deal with 32Red in September 2016 and thus Ant and Dec have featured prominently in their TV advertisements.

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McPartlin was criticised for endorsing the gambling company after opening up about his addiction to prescription pills last year.

Despite the recent controversy, he’s set to feature on Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend after ITV bosses agreed to air pre-recorded scenes he shot for the show prior to his arrest.

Co-star and best bud, Declan Donnelly, was expected to do future episodes alone with help from Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern.

However, according to The Sun, it appears Ant will be returning to the show – well sort of.

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A spokesperson for the show explained:

There’s been some discussion about whether the whole of the series should be ditched because Ant features heavily.

But after a lot of soul searching, it was decided the final two episodes should run because viewers have loved the series and want to find out the conclusion in the final two episodes.

Obviously it means Ant will still be on the show in some form.

The parts of the show expected to feature Ant are from the scripted and pre-recorded miniseries which feature Joanna Lumley, Michael Sheen, David Walliams and Emilia Fox.

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Aside from this latest news, ITV bosses are reportedly still unsure as of what to do regarding Ant’s live absence from the show and are expected to make an announcement.

The source continued:

At the moment, talks are taking place about exactly how his situation in regards to the drink-driving charge and rehab will be addressed.

Ant McPartlin was arrested at the scene of a crash on Sunday, March 18, having failed a breathalyser test and has since been charged with drink-driving.

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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 April 4.

If found guilty, McPartlin could face up to six months in prison, a fine and a driving ban, which could last up to a year.

Following the crash, McPartlin revealed he’d be going back to rehab.

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