Holly Willoughby set to replace Ant McPartlin as host on 'I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here'
The launch date for the show is yet to be confirmed, but if we go by the previous years it may be during mid-November.
Holly Willoughby will be replacing Ant McPartlin on 'I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!' as Ant returns to rehab following a drink and driving incident in April. This information comes just a day after it was revealed that the 37-year-old was in secret talks with bosses about joining the team.
According to Mirror, a source close to Holly confirmed that her new gig as host alongside Declan Donnelly is a done deal, saying, "Holly is 100% confirmed to be going into the Jungle this year as Ant's stand-in. It's been in the works for weeks as ITV were really keen on getting her in."
"They've taken their time announcing it as they wanted to be sure Holly could fit it in with her family and other work commitments," the source continued.
Holly Willoughby to Join Dec Down Under!https://t.co/ab9ICToHWz— OK! Magazine (@OK_Magazine) August 24, 2018
Shortly before the confirmation, an insider told The Sun that talks about the mother of three's potential stint at the show are at an advanced stage, because, not only is she loved by ITV bosses and the nation, but she is also one of Ant’s closest friends. The source then added that "flying the flag for him in his absence means the world to her."
Just a day ago, ITV boss Kevin Lygo took the opportunity to confirm that there will be a well-known face joining Declan in Australia for 'I'm a Celebrity'. "We'll find someone to stand by his side," he told the Edinburgh Television Festival. "Declan's doing the jungle and... he'll do it with somebody." He refused to give away the name but said that the replacement was a household name.
When he was asked if this is the right time to bring in a new face, Lygo pointed out as to why it is not the time yet, saying, "I don't see it as our primary function is to bring on the new talent and I think it can be counter-productive."
"If I was an agent and I had an exciting new presenter I'd be quite worried about putting them into the white heat of the spotlight of a big show on ITV frankly if you don't get above four million viewers it's not great," he added.
Holly Willoughby has been ‘100 per cent confirmed’ to replace Ant McPartlin on I’m A Celebrity https://t.co/4djeSoqOxu— The Sun Showbiz (@TheSunShowbiz) August 24, 2018
The launch date for the show is yet to be confirmed, but if we are to go by previous years it may be during mid-November. Declan and Holly will fly out to Australia around one week before the first episode of the series. Declan is expected to bring his wife Ali Astall and his newborn baby, who is due to arrive next month. On the other hand, it is not clear whether Holly, who is married to TV producer Dan Baldwin and has three children, will move her whole family to Australia, for the duration of the series.
An ITV spokesman informed Mirror that, "An announcement on our I'm A Celebrity plans will be made in due course."