The end seems to be near for Britain’s favourite TV co-hosts, Ant, and Dec, as Ant McPartlin has been charged with drink-driving after being involved in a three-car collision in which a four-year-old girl was hurt. She had been travelling in a Mini Cooper with her father, Faheem Vanoo, 40, and her mother, Shilpa, 36, when the accident happened. Police confirmed that a number of people were taken to hospital for minor injuries.
Following the accident, Ant has pulled out of all of his future projects and will be returning to rehab. His publicist said in a statement: ‘Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments. He has spoken with Dec and asked for time off for the foreseeable future’.
Best known for presenting Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity with his long-time friend and co-host, Declan Donnelly, Ant’s career has spanned over 25 years, and Ant and Dec have won many awards for their work. However, for the last few months, Ant has been experiencing a downward spiral. Last year, he was admitted to rehab for several weeks due to becoming addicted to painkillers which he was taking after a knee operation. And just a few months later, it was announced that his 11-year marriage to Strictly Come Dancing make-up artist, Lisa Armstrong, was over.
Following recent events, Declan Donnelly will now be presenting the remaining Saturday Night Takeaway shows alone. Speaking about the matter, Donnelly released a statement on the duo’s Twitter account: “Whilst I never thought I’d be in this position, after much discussion and consideration we’ve decided that the remaining two shows of this series of Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead.”
With Ant hopefully taking steps to a full recovery, his case is an eye-opener into the reality of people’s lives, especially those of celebrities, who are often seen as perfect beings who never experience problems.
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