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ITV have pledged their allegiance to Ant and Dec after rumours swirled they were set to be replaced on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
The Daily Star reported that ITV bosses were set to axe Ant and Dec from the upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity and were looking for fresh talent to replace them, following Ant McPartlin's arrest and subsequent charge for drink-driving.
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However an ITV spokesman told MailOnline the duo will never be replaced, saying: 'It is utter nonsense to suggest that Ant and Dec are set to be replaced on I’m A Celebrity.’
A spokesman for Ant and Dec also denied the claims
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This comes reports that staff on the hit show were fearful the next series would be scrapped due to Ant, 42, going into rehab, and that producers had concerns over Declan Donnelly, 42, presenting solo.
A source said that a lot of crew members were 'in tears' over the uncertainty but that bosses had reassured them the show would go ahead 'no matter what'.
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The source told the publication: 'There's a very real possibility that Ant won't be available to present the next series of the jungle.
'While Ant and Dec are a big part of the show, they aren't bigger than the show. They are confident it would still work without them.
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'If their return is going to be a problem, producers aren't afraid to axe them from the format and get new presenters in.'
Ant and Dec have fronted the hit reality show filmed in Australia since its first series in 2002, and have become firm fixtures over 17 series.
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This comes amid claims Dec Donnelly and his wife Ali Astall are reportedly expecting their first child.
According to The Sun, the pair, who wed in 2015, are 'delighted to be expecting -...
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