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Ant McPartlin taking a break from presenting until 2019

Ant McPartlin will take a break from television presenting until 2019 and will miss the next series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV has said.

  • The following statement from Ant and Dec's joint Twitter account:

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In April McPartlin pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

The 42-year-old admitted he was more than twice the legal limit after his black Mini collided with two other cars in Richmond, west London on March 18. He then went back into treatment.

Ant and Dec have presented together on national television for years Credit: PA

His co-presenter, Declan Donnelly, was forced to present the last two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway on his own.

For the first time in 15 years, Ant will not co-present the next series of 'I'm a Celebrity... Get me out of here!' with Dec.

The highly successful Geordie duo have been friends since they worked together on Byker Grove as teenagers.

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