A rumour that Ant McPartlin has been scripting links for pals Declan Donnelly and Holly Willoughby on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here has been denied by ITV.
The shock claim went public after ITV presenter Emma Jesson tweeted that she had heard Ant was being consulted over gags made on the reality series.
Emma, best known for forecasting the weather on ITV, tweeted: “I am informed that Ant was consulted for scripted Holly & Dec links for @imacelebrity series 2018.
“Top move production team if this is the case, can see his hallmarks there.”
But a spokesperson for ITV has since told Mirror Online that Ant has not been involved in the current series of I’m A Celeb.
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A rumour began circulating that Ant was overseeing I’m A Celeb scripts for Dec and Holly
Emma’s tweet that suggested Ant was involved in this year’s show
Most fans believe that Holly has done a great job since temporarily filling in for Ant on the popular reality show as he continues to focus on his recovery and health following a stint in rehab.
One viewer tweeted: “Holly Willoughby is a credit to herself. Can’t imagine #ImACeleb without her. Didn’t think it would be the same without Ant but @hollywills is the perfect person to present with Dec in Ants absence.”
Another wrote: “Petition for Holly to permenantly join Ant and Dec #imaceleb2018.”
Ant and Dec usually present the jungle reality series
While a third commented: “Don’t get me wrong I love ant and Dec together but Im absolutely loving Holly and Dec they’re hilarious.”
Back in August, Ant confirmed that he would not be hosting this year’s edition of I’m A Celebrity.
Earlier in the year, he received a 20-month driving ban and was fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving whilst more than twice over the legal limit.
In a statement, 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.
Ant has been spending time at home in the UK
“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.”
Meanwhile, Dec added: “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.”
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