Ant will return to screens ‘next year’ – but it means bad news for some fans

Ant McPartlin is likely to miss hosting I’m A Celebrity, close pal Stephen Mulhern has revealed.

Britain’s Got More Talent presenter Stephen says Ant, 42, needs to be left alone and will hopefully back “next year”.

That would end any hope that he will be back in the jungle alongside Declan Donnelly, his TV partner of nearly 30 years.

Stephen told Best: “Fingers crossed, Ant will get the treatment he needs and be back to his old self for next year.

"But he does need the rest and to be left alone, and given the time to recover.”

However, a source insisted “no-one has any idea” how long Ant will be off.

They said: “He’ll be off for as long as it takes him to get better. Work is not even being discussed with him. The only priority is him getting better.”

Ant appeared on Britain’s Got Talent last weekend but the show was recorded in January. It was Ant’s first TV appearance since he was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 after being caught drink driving in March.

ITV confirmed Dec, 42, will host the BGT live shows without him. Stephen said: “I’m going to miss him on the live shows, but Dec will do a great job.”

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