Ant McPartlin is returning to work following his restoration from painkiller habit, assembly with present bosses for Britain’s Acquired Expertise forward of his TV comeback subsequent yr.
And on the similar time, Holly Willougby – who stuffed in for Ant, 43, on this yr’s I am A Movie star… Get Me Out Of Right here! – has seemingly confirmed that Ant will most undoubtedly be again on the Australian-based actuality collection in 2019, regardless of rumours suggesting she was set to return once more in his place.
At Tuesday’s Dancing On Ice launch, Holly, 37, mentioned: ‘It was a one-off, as soon as in a lifetime journey.
Again to it! Ant McPartlin is returning to work following his restoration from painkiller habit, assembly with present bosses for Britain’s Acquired Expertise forward of his TV comeback subsequent yr
As soon as in a lifetime: On the similar time, Holly Willougby – who stuffed in for Ant on this yr’s I am A Movie star… Get Me Out Of Right here! – has seemingly confirmed that Ant will most undoubtedly be again on the present in 2019
‘Subsequent yr, I’ll be at residence with everybody else having a glass of wine watching it.’
Ant’s return to work sees him re-join his long-time TV presenting companion Declan Donnelly, 43, for preliminary briefings forward of subsequent yr’s BGT.
The auditions for the Simon Cowell-fronted expertise present kick off in January, with the collection airing a month or so later.
Ant’s private points – which noticed him develop a painkiller habit, finish his marriage and commit a drink-driving offence – noticed him sit out the previous few episodes of BGT 2018, in addition to Ant & Dec’s Saturday Evening Takeaway, final spring.
Troubled: Ant’s private points – which noticed him develop a painkiller habit, finish his marriage and commit a drink-driving offence – noticed him sit out the previous few episodes of BGT 2018, in addition to Ant & Dec’s Saturday Evening Takeaway, final spring
He has taken the remainder of the yr off, skipping I am A Celeb – however is now gearing as much as get again to work.
It had been reported that ITV bosses needed Holly – who has simply returned from her month in Australia, filling absent Ant’s sneakers – to host I am A Celeb with each Ant and Dec subsequent yr after the present obtained its highest ever viewing figures, with a whopping 12.6 million tuning in to observe the star’s first week.
On the ITV present’s after occasion final Monday, Dec mentioned of Holly: ‘There’s no one I might have most well-liked to stood subsequent to.
‘We had been thrilled with the rankings, they’re completely nice. Holly has been unbelievable too, simply sensible. She was the one I needed and I’m thrilled she did it.’
She’s a success! A peak viewers of 12.1million viewers tuned in to observe Harry Redknapp topped the King of the Jungle, capping off weeks of record-breaking numbers
A pal certainly: Ant revealed in August that he can be taking a break from presenting duties for the remainder of 2018, with Holly standing in for the star (pictured June 2016)
A peak viewers of 12.1 million tuned in to observe Harry Redknapp topped the King of the Jungle in the course of the finale, capping off weeks of record-breaking numbers for ITV’s 16-year-old rankings juggernaut.
And whereas viewing figures had been trigger for celebration, followers of the fact present had been in unison of their reward for co-host Holly, gushing that she’d ‘breathed new life’ into the collection, after stepping in to quickly exchange Ant.
Amid the glowing reward had been requires Holly to current the present yearly, a supply informed the Each day Star: ‘The unique plan was for Holly to face in whereas Ant was off after which hand the baton again. However she’s been so successful that producers at the moment are eager to maintain her no matter occurs.
‘Many presenters would have crumbled beneath the strain of becoming a member of such an enormous present, however Holly stepped as much as the plate. The highest individuals at ITV at the moment are actually eager to get her again subsequent yr.
Comeback: Dec declared that ITV present Britain’s Acquired Expertise shall be ‘again to regular’ when Ant returns
‘It now will depend on whether or not or not she desires to do one other collection. Being in Australia for 5 weeks is an enormous dedication. She has her household to consider. And she or he additionally has her commitments at This Morning to consider.’
Holly’s This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield – whom she left quickly to current I am A Celeb – gushed over his telly spouse’s look on the present, however dismissed claims of a return to the Australian jungle subsequent yr.
He branded her stand-in position as a ‘caretaker’ stint, earlier than quipping: ‘Do not get too connected.’
Again on screens: Auditions for the 2019 collection kick off subsequent month, and Ant shall be there from the beginning after taking a number of months off from work commitments following a drink-driving conviction earlier this yr and a stint in rehab
Stand in: Ant can also be anticipated to return to I am A Movie star… Get Me Out Of Right here! in November 2019
In the meantime, in a chat with the Mirror, Dec mentioned of BGT: ‘It is again to regular – fingers crossed it will likely be nice.’
Stephen Mulhern – who presents spin off present Britain’s Acquired Extra Expertise – confirmed in an interview with Good Morning Britain earlier this month that Ant was undoubtedly returning to host the brand new collection.
When requested what he assume’s of Ant’s BGT return, Stephen mentioned: ‘I believe it’s nice, I believe it is sensible. He is apparently doing very nicely. Will probably be good to have all of the household again’.