I’m a celebrity… Get me out of here! Presenter Declan Donnelly has admitted that he’s made it clear he’s not going to be working with another man on the 2018 series after co-host Ant McPartlin took a year off.
In 2018, Ant confirmed that he would not be hosting this year I am a celebrity with Dec as the duo released a joint statement in which Ant said he would focus on his recovery from drug rehab.
While there were plenty of names vying to join Dec as a co-host, viewers will know that he continued to host the show that year with This morning l’hôte Holly Willoughby.
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Dec has now admitted in his and Ant’s new book that there was “no way” he would have worked with any of the male presenters suggested as possible co-hosts, including Phillip Schofield and Saturday night to take away favori Stephen Mulhern.
“At first there was a lot of speculation about who he would be, with people saying Stephen Mulhern or Phillip Schofield should get the job,” Dec wrote in Once upon a time Tyne (via The sun).
“But from the very beginning, there was no way I was hosting the show with another man. I didn’t want another man standing on the same side as Ant.
“I didn’t want it to look like another guy stepped in to take Ant’s place, because they weren’t. And because no one ever could. “
Ant was then given a chance to respond in the book, adding, “We’ve talked about this before, but this is the first time I’ve heard you say all of this at once and it means the bloody world. “
Ant and Dec will return to host a completely different version of I am a celebrity this year, given that coronavirus-related travel restrictions mean the show will take place in the UK instead of Australia for the first time in almost 20 years.
The show’s next episode will now be taped at Gwrych Castle in North Wales, with ITV also confirming a second location at Manorafon Farm Park.
Thankfully, ITV boss Kevin Lygo has confirmed that the celebrity lineup has already been confirmed for this year and that everyone is still “excited” to be a part of the show, despite the change of venue.
“We had booked most of our celebrities, we were worried they thought they were going to a bug infested, sunny and hot Australia and now they are going to North Wales in the dark, but everyone is still there and excited, ”he confirmed.
Once Upon a Time Tyne: Our Story Celebrating 30 Years Together on Telly is out now, while I am a celebrity will return later this year on ITV.
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