Declan Donnelly has declined to host the 2018 I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here series with another man, after Ant took a hiatus from television following his arrest for driving license. drunkenness.
Speaking in their candid new book Once Upon A Tyne, the presenter, 44, said her longtime friend Holly Willoughby was “on the top of the list” to replace Ant.
Dec also insisted that there was “no way” he would have presented the show with Phillip Schofield despite rumors at the time, adding that it was “very strange” that he had to coping with the prospect of appearing on the show without her longtime host partner.
Right Choice: Declan Donnelly revealed he refused to host the 2018 I’m A Celebrity series with another man and insisted Holly Willoughby was ‘top of the list’
In an excerpt from their new memoir reported by The Mirror, Dec said Holly was “at the top of her list” to replace Ant on I’m A Celebrity.
He said: “Ant and I are both very good friends with Holly and she’s a brilliant and accomplished presenter, but I didn’t really know how she worked, not her me, and we knew for viewers he there was a curiosity factor. he…
“Holly did a superb job and it was fantastic to work with and once we found out Ant was not going to be on this show she was top of my list to host alongside me. “
Nope! The Featured added that there was “no way” that he would have hosted the show with Phillip Schofield despite rumors at the time, after Ant took a hiatus from his television duties.
Dec also addressed rumors at the time that Stephen Mulhern or Phillip Schofield could step in for Ant, but he was adamant he couldn’t appear with another male presenter.
He added, “I didn’t want it to seem like another guy stepped in to take Ant’s place because they weren’t and no one ever could. “
Fortunately, Holly and Dec had a storm with I’m A Celebrity viewers, and the show had its highest ratings in years.
Reunited: Ant took a hiatus from his TV duties in 2018 after his drunk driving arrest, but he and Dec got together for I’m A Celebrity last year
Ant took a hiatus from his presentation duties in 2018 after being arrested for drunk driving, but returned to I’m A Celebrity last year.
The duo are set to host ITV’s beloved show again this fall, although due to COVID-19 restrictions it will be filmed in Wales.
Ant and Dec will also return to screens for Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals, which will begin on Saturday after being delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Close Friends: Dec admitted it was “strange” to show up without a longtime friend Ant. Fortunately, he and his longtime friend Holly weathered a storm with viewers (pictured with Phillip in 2017)