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Ant McPartlin releases a statement saying he won't present this year's I'm A Celebrity…

Ant McPartlin has released a statement revealing that he won’t be presenting this year’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The statement, which was posted on Ant and Dec’s official Twitter account, reads: “Ant McPartlin today announces he will continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019. Ant will not present I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in November this year.”

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It’s not yet known if Declan Donnelly will present the show by himself or with another presenter.

It’s also been announced that Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway won’t be returning in 2019 for the same reason.

“In addition Ant and Dec have made the joint decision not to present a new series of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway in Spring 2019.”

The statement continues: “Production and filming for a Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would normally have already started, and continue throughout 2018 and early 2019.

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“Neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of the show and therefore felt it was better to rest the series next year. They will instead bring the show back in 2020, bigger and better than ever.”

Ant finishes up by telling fans that he is well on his way to recovery after a really tough 2018.

“My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off.

“I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.”

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Dec offers his support to his best pal by saying: “Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision.

“I’m looking forward to us both being reunited on screen in 2019.”

Ant, 41, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in April, and was given a fine of £86,000. He entered rehab following his conviction to work on his addiction to alcohol and pain medication.

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