Ant McPartlin to feature in Saturday's Takeaway

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But following Ant's recent vehicle crash and subsequent drink-driving charge, there are doubts that the series will ever air.

A source at ITV has responded to reports that an ancestry documentary fronted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly has been axed, because it contains scenes of the pair drinking.

A show insider claimed to the Daily Star on Sunday: "There's a very real possibility that Ant won't be available to present the next series of the jungle".

The first trailer for the new series of Britain's Got Talent has been released but Ant and Dec are missing. Ant I'm sure is as excited as you both are this could be a focus for him to get well & get back with you his best friend.

ITV bosses are keen to keep the spotlight off the 42-year-old as he continues his recovery in rehab for addiction issues.

This weekend saw Saturday Night Takeaway cancelled after a turbulent week where Ant was involved in a three-car crash, arrested for failing a roadside breathalyser, announced his reentry into rehab, and faced criminal charges of drink-driving.

The documentary was filmed in May 2017, a month before Ant's initial admission to a care facility to his addiction to prescription painkillers.

"Saturday Night Takeaway" did not air this weekend, and the final two episodes of the current series, which are scheduled to air on March 31 and April 7, won't feature Ant.

After a week of sadness and heartbreaking decisions, Declan Donnelly shined a bright light on the future by confirming that he and wife Ali Astall were expecting a baby.

"There's been some discussion about whether the whole of the (Saturday Knight Takeaway) series should be ditched because Ant features heavily", a source told the newspaper.