Ant McPartlin ‘needs to be left alone’
ANT McPARTLIN will not be back by the side of his screen partner Declan Donnelly until next year, Stephen Mulhern has suggested.
Speaking about the disgraced drink-driving star (pictured above), Britain’s Got More Talent host Mulhern told Best magazine: ‘Fingers crossed Ant will get the treatment he needs and be back to his old self for next year.
‘But he does need the rest and to be left alone, and given the time to recover.’
Assuming Mulhern has some insider insight into Ant’s plans, his comments would suggest the Geordie star will not be joining Declan in fronting I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, which usually kicks off in November.
It has already been confirmed that Declan will be hosting Britain’s Got Talent without his TV partner of almost 30 years.
Mulhern said: ‘I think that Dec has been incredible about the situation, and he’s doing so well on his own.’
McPartlin, 42, was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving while more than twice the legal limit following a crash in Richmond, west London, on March 18.
The TV presenter said he was ‘ashamed and mortified’ after crashing his car with his mother in the passenger seat.
McPartlin’s barrister said his client had been seeking help for ‘alcohol and emotional issues’ at the time of the incident.
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Author: Anna Thomson