'It's total nonsense': Holly Willoughby's representatives DENY claims she's set to host I'm a Celebrity with Declan Donnelly should Ant McPartlin want to spend more time in recovery after rehab
It had been claimed that Holly Willoughby could be in line to host I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here with Declan Donnelly if Ant McPartlin needs to spend more time in recovery.
But unfortunately for fans of the This Morning presenter, the reports are 'total nonsense', with a representative for the categorically denying the allegations.
According to the Daily Star, ITV bosses are already trying to plan ahead in case the presenter, who is currently in rehab, doesn't feel up to the stint in Australia.
Jane of the jungle? Holly Willoughby's representatives have denied claims she could be in line to host I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here with Declan Donnelly
A source close to Ant told the paper: 'I'm a Celeb is ITV's biggest show of the year so they're keen to get a plan in place should Ant want to continue his down time.
'Holly is the number one choice, she's the nation's favourite and already a huge fan of the show - the perfect Jane of the jungle to Dec's Tarzan!
'She's wholesome, fun and has the experience needed to pull off the comedy links expected of the presenters.'
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Ant for comment.
Backup: ITV bosses are reportedly trying to plan ahead in case the presenter, who is currently in rehab, doesn't feel up to the stint in Australia
Ant checked into rehab after confirming he planned to battle his demons in June.
The star admitted he had spiralled into depression and substance abuse following a painful knee injury and fertility issues.
His statement to the publication read: 'The first step is to admit to yourself you need help. I’ve let people down. I’m truly sorry.
'I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I’m truly sorry. I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends through this really difficult time.
Troubles: Ant checked into rehab after admitting he had spiralled into depression and substance abuse following a painful knee injury and fertility issues
'I have spoken out because I think it is important that people ask for help if they are going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery.'
He has been battling his condition for two years after an operation on his knee went wrong, leaving him in constant pain. Following his knee operation he began taking the opioid painkiller Tramadol and became addicted.
I'm a Celebrity is one of ITV's most popular shows, regularly pulling in more than 10 million viewers a night in November and early December.
Ant and Dec are ITV's star duo and have racked up 16 National Television Awards for Best Presenter.
Top talent: A source close to Ant told the Star: 'She's wholesome, fun and has the experience needed to pull off the comedy links expected of the presenters'
The pair, who have hosted I'm a Celebrity since the show's beginnings in 2002, also present two of the channel's highest rated shows; Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent.
Their packed schedule means the duo are usually completely busy from November to June every year.
After the Geordie pair, Holly is arguably ITV's most prized talent.
Flagship programme: I'm a Celebrity is one of ITV's most popular shows, regularly pulling in more than 10 million viewers a night in November and early December
The television veteran is a hit with viewers and has presented Celebrity Juice and Dancing on Ice as well as This Morning.
Holly and her co-star Phillip Schofield are close friends with Ant and Dec.
The group of friends uphold an annual tradition of going to Ant's house after the National Television Awards.
Good mates: Holly and her co-star Phillip Schofield are close friends with Ant and Dec, and the pair always go back to Ant's house after the National Television Awards
Holly and Phil addressed Ant's admission on This Morning on June 19.
Phil said: 'We wanted to take this moment to send our love and best wishes to our mate Ant.
'As you may have seen he’s checked into a rehab clinic for help with substance abuse, prescription drugs and alcohol.'
Holly called the television presenter 'brave' for coming clean about his struggles.
Star duo: The pair, who have hosted I'm a Celebrity since the show's beginnings in 2002, also present Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent
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