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Entertainment Ant McPartlin's fans praise his 'brave' decision to pull out of I'm A Celebrity filming... as Scarlett Moffatt emerges as bookies' favourite to replace him

07:25  10 august  2018
07:25  10 august  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Fans of Ant McPartlin have praised his ' brave ' decision to pull out of I ' m A Celebrity filming and halt all TV commitments until 2019. Following the announcement Scarlett Moffatt has emerged as the bookies ' favourite to take on the role of co-host for this year' s series of the show.

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Anthony McPartlin (L) and Declan Donnelly (R) attend the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 21, 2015 in London, England. © Getty Anthony McPartlin (L) and Declan Donnelly (R) attend the National Television Awards at 02 Arena on January 21, 2015 in London, England.

Fans of Ant McPartlin have praised his 'brave' decision to pull out of I'm A Celebrity filming and halt all TV commitments until 2019.

Following the announcement Scarlett Moffatt has emerged as the bookies' favourite to take on the role of co-host for this year's series of the show.  

In a statement released on Thursday, Ant revealed that he would be taking the rest of the year off, adding that his recovery was going very well.

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He continued: 'I'd like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.'

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Fans were quick to throw their support behind the star, insisting that it was vital he prioritised his health over his career.

One Twitter user said: 'Very sensible and brave decision for ant, dec and itv! Ants mental&physical health should be put first! He came back too early last time. 

'Taking the time he needs to recover is a positive move. Will miss takeaway next year but it will be worth it to see ant fit and well in 2019!'(sic) 

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While another mentioned that he will be missed, saying: '@Ant_McPartlin Much love on your decision til 2019 have 2 little girls who will miss you but how brave!? All the best. The Carsys.'

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A third wrote: 'Very brave of Ant to halt all of his tv commitments til 2019. I think you're very brave and I think you made the best decision for you. Wishing you a speedy recovery @antanddec.'

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Scarlett is currently in pole position for the position of co-host on I'm A Celebrity, with Paddy Power giving her odds of 5/6. 

Coral bookmakers also have Scarlett as a hot favourite to be named as this years presenter with 3/1 odds, narrowly tipped by Stephen Mulhern with 2/1 odds. 

MailOnline has contacted an I'm A Celebrity representative for comment.  

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Production and filming for a Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would normally have already started, and continue throughout 2018 and early 2019.

Neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of the show and therefore felt it was better to rest the series next year.

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Ant McPartlin ' s fans praise his ' brave ' decision to pull out of I ' m A Celebrity filming as Scarlett Moffatt emerges as bookies ' favourite to replace him . Britney Spears displays her figure in a sequined bra and bondage-style pants

Ant McPartlin ' s fans praise his ' brave ' decision to pull out of I ' m A Celebrity filming as Scarlett Moffatt emerges as bookies ' favourite to replace him . Britney Spears displays her figure in a sequined bra and bondage-style pants

They will instead bring the show back in 2020, bigger and better than ever.

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Ant said in a statement to MailOnline: 'My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off.'

He continued: 'I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.'

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Ant McPartlin ' s fans praise his ' brave ' decision to pull out of I ' m A Celebrity filming as Scarlett Moffatt emerges as bookies ' favourite to replace him . Britney Spears displays her figure in a sequined bra and bondage-style pants

Ant McPartlin ' s fans praise his ' brave ' decision to pull out of I ' m A Celebrity filming as Scarlett Moffatt emerges as bookies ' favourite to replace him .

Dec added: 'Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision.

Anthony McPartlin wearing a suit and tie: Taking a break: Production and filming for a Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would normally have already started, and continue throughout 2018 and early 2019 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Taking a break: Production and filming for a Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would normally have already started, and continue throughout 2018 and early 2019

'I’m looking forward to us both being reunited on screen in 2019.'

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Ant McPartlin ' s fans praise his ' brave ' decision to pull out of I ' m A Celebrity filming as Scarlett Moffatt emerges as bookies ' favourite to replace him . Britney Spears displays her figure in a sequined bra and bondage-style pants

Ant McPartlin ' s fans praise his ' brave ' decision to pull out of I ' m A Celebrity filming as Scarlett Moffatt emerges as bookies ' favourite to replace him . Britney Spears displays her figure in a sequined bra and bondage-style pants

ITV Director of Television Kevin Lygo said: 'ITV is completely supportive of Ant taking as much time as he needs in his recovery and of this mutual decision to rest Takeaway in 2019.

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'Ant is clearly making good progress and we wish him all the very best and look forward to him returning to ITV next year. An announcement on I'm A Celebrity plans will be made in due course.'

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