2019's Saturday Night Takeaway Has Been Postponed As Ant Recovers

2019's Saturday Night Takeaway Has Been Postponed As Ant Recovers
Tuáthla Lucey
Tuáthla Lucey

10 Aug 2018

The news broke that Ant McPartlin will be taking the time to recover for the rest of 2018 as he continues his rehab treatment.

This means he will not be returning to his roles in I'm A Celeb and Saturday Night Takeaway. 

"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."

This means that Ant will not host alongside Dec in both Saturday Night Takeaway or I'm A Celeb.

Dec has announced that he will still be presenting the show, but a decision has not been made whether he will present solo or alongside a new host.

 "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."

Kevin Lygo, ITV Director of Television said:

"ITV is completely supportive of Ant taking as much time as he needs in his recovery and of this mutual decision to rest Takeaway in 2019.

"Ant is clearly making good progress and we wish him all the very best and look forward to him returning to ITV next year.

"An announcement on I'm A Celebrity plans will be made in due course."