It has been confirmed that Holly Willoughby will co-host this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! with Declan Donnelly.
The popular TV show, which sees celebrities take on life in the Australian jungle, has been presented by Ant and Dec since its launch in 2002. However, as revealed earlier in the month, Ant will be taking a break from all television presenting roles until 2019.
Despite having presented this year’s Britain’s Got Talent on his own, it was stated last week that Dec would be joined by someone for the new series of I’m A Celebrity. After much speculation, earlier today ITV finally confirmed that it’s Holly who will be heading to Australia to join Dec.
Speaking about her new role, Holly said: “I couldn’t be more excited to have been asked to stand alongside Dec for the next jungle adventure. I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for a continued recovery. These are big shoes, not to fill, but just to keep warm for a little bit…”
“Honestly, I’m a huge fan of ‘I’m a Celebrity’ and actually feel like I’ve won a competition to go and hang out on my favourite show! When is it a good time to tell Dec I’m scared of everything that moves?!”
Dec added, “I am hugely grateful to Holly for agreeing to accompany me to Australia this year. She was at the top of my list and I’m thrilled she said yes. It will be a different kind of series but we will try our best to ensure it is no less fun and eventful for our loyal viewers.”
“I am also pleased to hear Holly is scared of everything. I am almost stupidly excited at the thought of watching her during the eating trials!”
ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo said: “Holly is a brilliant presenter with a wicked sense of humour who has always enjoyed a great friendship and rapport with Ant and Dec – I have no doubt she will take to Jungle life, if not the critters, really quickly.”
Among her many presenting roles, Holly is best known for being the face of This Morning with her co-host Philip Schofield. Due to filming I’m A Celebrity, she will have to miss a few weeks of This Morning, however, plans for her temporary replacement are to be announced in due course.
Here at CelebMix, we wish Holly all the luck as she joins Dec on her new adventure, whilst we wish Ant the very best as he continues his recovery.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returns to our screens later this year.