Ant McPartlin will not be taking a year off I’m a Celebrity says ITV boss

He is irreplaceable says Kevin Lygo

Ant McPartlin

Troubled I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! presenter Ant McPartlin will be returning to the show later this year ITV boss Kevin Lygo has confirmed.

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The director of programmes was asked at the Edinburgh Television Festival whether Ant – who has spoken publicly about his addiction issues and stint in rehab – will be assuming his presenting duties alongside co-host Dec when the show returns in mid-November.

And the answer it appears is an emphatic yes.

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Lygo replied: “How very dare you! Ant is doing really well and we’re expecting him to return to I’m a Celebrity, so we won’t be resting it.”

Asked by interviewer Lauren Laverne if Ant was irreplaceable he said: “Yes.”

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It had been rumoured that ITV was considering resting the show or – gasp! – finding a replacement partner for Dec, with Holly Willoughby said to have been considered.