The show must go on! Declan Donnelly looks downcast as he arrives home from the gym amid claims he WILL host Britain's Got Talent without embattled Ant McPartlin
- It's believed Ant, 42, will feature in some pre-records for the ITV1 talent competition, but his long-time co-host will host the bulk of the show alone
- Dec, 42, has been forced to break an agreement never to appear without Ant
- The decision follows Ant's admission into rehab after his drink-driving charge
- The TV host will make his solo debut on next weekend's Saturday Night Takeaway and has been showered with support from fans
He will fly solo for the first time in his presenting career when Saturday Night Takeaway returns next weekend.
But Declan Donnelly looked understandably downcast as he headed home from the gym on Friday, amid new claims the star is also set to host Britain's Got Talent without embattled co-presenter Ant McPartlin when it returns in the coming weeks.
The TV host, 42, famed for his sprightly demeanor, was uncharacteristically glum as he headed back to the home he shares with wife Ali Astall after a fitness session at his local gym.
Glum: Declan Donnelly looked downcast as he headed home from a gym session on Friday, amid reports he is currently having 'crisis talks' with ITV on whether he should broach the absence of co-host Ant McPartlin on this weekend's Saturday Night Takeaway
The outing came as This Morning's Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were told by resident showbiz reporter Gordon Smart that Dec will host Britain's Got Talent alone when it returns next month.
He divulged: 'There are pre-records with Ant involved but we spoke to Simon Cowell’s people and what looks like is going to happen is Dec will go on on his own when the show returns in April.
'It has been a huge week… It is a really interesting time to see what will happen for him next.
'In two weeks' time, next Saturday, he will be back on his own.'
Downbeat: The 42-year-old TV host, famed for his sprightly demeanor, was uncharacteristically glum as he headed back to the home he shares with wife Ali Astall
The claims follow reports that the beloved I'm a Celebrity presenter is in the throes of conversation with ITV about whether Ant should be spoken about on the upcoming episode of Saturday Night Takeaway, after the embattled presenter was charged with drink-driving.
Sources told The Mirror that Dec and ITV execs were 'both aware of the elephant in the room' with bosses feeling Ant's absence could not be ignored.
They said: 'Takeaway is all about fun and laughter so they can't dwell on bad news, but it will be odd if they don't reference Ant and his issues.
Difficult time: Exiting his vehicle, fixed his eyes on the floor and made a beeline for his home, as he continues to deal with the drama surrounding his long-time friend and co-host, Ant
'Dec will want to pay tribute to his pal in some way, but getting the balance right is crucial. Fans will love to hear how Ant is getting on as well.'
MailOnline contacted representatives for ITV and Declan Donnelly for comment.
Dec has been showered with support as he prepares to host Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway alone for the first time.
Conflicted: It's said the I'm a Celebrity presenter is in the throes of conversation with ITV about whether Ant should be spoken about on the upcoming episode of Saturday Night Takeaway
Following Ant McPartlin's drink driving charge and subsequent decision to return to rehab, his co-host Dec will take the reins on Saturday 31 March for the first of the final two episodes of this series.
Whilst this will be the first time the pair have been seen apart on television, fans of the ITV show have been quick to send their support and well wishes ahead of Dec's solo appearance.
Taking to Twitter, fans wrote: 'Hi dec I'll be rooting for u for the takeaway programme u will do ant proud sending huge hugs to you both..... Cmon ant speedy recovery xx@_Declandonnelly
Been for a workout? The TV favourite emerged from his car in a marble sweater and gym shorts
It's a tough one! Sources told The Mirror that Dec and ITV execs were 'both aware of the elephant in the room' with bosses feeling Ant's absence could not be ignored
'Very brave of you': Fans have been rooting for Dec on Twitter after he announced he would host Saturday Night Takeaway alone this weekend
'I for one support Dec in any way i can, He is a great bloke who can do it all solo if he has to ... go for it Dec, you got my vote buddy! ⚡️ 'Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead without Ant''
'Well done Dec...it takes a lot of strength to soldier on as half of a lifelong team & fulfill the promises of Saturday Night Takeaway...xxx'; 'Very brave of you Dec but I'm sure the Saturday night takeaway family will be there with tons of love and support. I'll be watching wishing you all the best xxx'
'So happy you're carrying on with Takeaway, I think it's the right thing to do. Good luck Dec and get well soon Ant.xx';
Going it alone: Dec will take the reins on Saturday 31 March for the first of the final two episodes of this series
Low-profile: The star chose to shield his eyes beneath a pair of shades despite the grey weather
On the night, solo host Dec be joined by co-presenters Stephen Mulhern and Scarlett Moffatt in their traditional roles.
Paloma Faith will be performing the End Of The Show Show and The Script will also be on hand for Singalong Live.
Comedy favourite Stephen Merchant will also be providing the entertainment as Star Guest Announcer.
First for everything: Dec's upcoming Saturday Night Takeaway appearance will mark the first time he has worked without his long-time friend Ant
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