One man who does know the answer is ITV boss Kevin Lygo. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, he said: “We collectively all thought let’s give [Ant] a good amount of time off because these things are a slow procedure. He’s not going to go to the jungle. Dec is and we will find someone to stand next to Dec.”
Asked whether he had decided on the new presenter, Lygo said: “yes I have”, before teasing, jokily: “it’s Piers Morgan. It could be anybody. It could be Jeremy Corbyn.”
Piers and Jeremy are rather unlikely candidates. However, a whole host of names are already being rumoured as Ant’s stand-in. Early favourites include former I’m a Celebrity winners Scarlett Moffatt and Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo.