Declan Donnelly could be presenting alone for the first time in 23 years[Flynet]
Co-comedian and one half of Ant and Dec, Ant McPartlin, has headed to rehab to battle his addictions once and for all.
He’s been supported by ITV, Dec himself and his wife Lisa Armstrong after bravely making a statement about his drug and drink problem.
And according to The Mail Online, ITV are reportedly offering Ant a year-long sabbatical to help with a complete recovery, meaning Dec may face hosting duties on I’m A Celeb and Britain’s Got Talent alone.
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly [Getty]
An ITV insider told the publication: “It is all still too early to say for sure what will happen, but all anyone wants is for Ant to get well again.
“He and Dec are the backbone of the ITV family and Ant has the network’s complete and utter support.
“Formally, Ant has no work commitments until November and obviously the hope is that he will be completely better by then, and able to fulfil them. But ITV will not rush him in any way, and the feeling is he must take as long as he needs.”
Ant and Dec on I’m A Celebrity: the pair have hosted for years [ITV]
The source continued: “If he wants a 12 month sabbatical, frankly he deserves it. The sense is though that both Ant and Dec love working, and Ant will want to get back down to work before the end of the year.”
The duo have no filming plans until November, and Ant will reportedly be taking on no unnecessary extra work, a friend told the publication.
The pal said: “Ant knows his health is the number one priority.
Wife Lisa Armstrong has been nothing but supportive towards husband Ant McPartlin through his rehab journey so far [Lisa Armstrong Twitter]
“He will be more selective about the things he says “yes” to going forwards, and presumably will be turning down far more work than he accepts. He loves his job, but doesn’t want to burn out again.”
The 41-year-old made an official statement that he was heading to the facility for two months, to finally battle his demons once and for all.
Ant said: “I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.
“I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time. I’ve spoken out because I think it’s important that people ask for help if they’re going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery.”