Why isn’t Ant McPartlin on I’m A Celebrity tonight? Holly joins Dec in the jungle

I’m A Celebrity will be returning with a bang tonight – but there will be one big difference

That’s because rather than host Ant McPartlin being at pal Declan Donnelly’s side, This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby will standing in.

Ahead of the launch, Ant tweeted a poignant message saying: "All the very best of luck to the little fella and @hollywills for the show tonight. Lots of love from the big fella!! A #ImACeleb Xxxxxx."

The 43-year-old presenter is sitting out this series of the jungle show to focus on his recovery from drink and prescription drug addiction.

In March this year Ant was involved in a car crash and later pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months.

Why isn't Ant McPartlin on I'm A Celebrity tonight? Holly joins Dec in the jungle

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Just two days after the crash, he met with Dec and ITV and agreed to suspend presenting duties to concentrate on treatment in rehab.

Ant announced in August that he would be taking a break from presenting until 2019, meaning that he would not be hosting I’m A Celebrity.

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He said: "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."

Later that month the Mirror Online revealed that Holly Willoughby would be replacing Ant on the show.

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A source close to the This Morning presenter told us that Holly’s new gig as host alongside Declan Donnelly is a done deal, saying: "Holly is 100% confirmed to be going into the Jungle this year as Ant’s stand-in.

"It’s been in the works for weeks as ITV were really keen on getting her in.

"They’ve taken their time announcing it as they wanted to be sure Holly could fit it in with her family and other work commitments."

*I’m A Celebrity starts tonight at 9pm on ITV