ANT McPartlin enjoyed an evening out with girlfriend Anne-Marie Corbett just days before it was revealed he would not be returning to TV until 2020.
Our exclusive images are the first ones of the telly star, 42, following the bombshell announcement that he will not back on I’m A Celeb this year – and Saturday Night Takeaway is cancelled.
The TV presenter was seen enjoying a romantic trip to the cinema in Surrey on Sunday evening as he continues to enjoys his time off the telly.
Looking laid back, he wore a pair of shorts and a white T-shirt with a cap covering his face.
Anne-Marie, who was previously his and his ex wife Lisa Armstrong’s PA, wore a fitted yellow sun dress.
The images come after the troubled star confirmed he will not return to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! for 2018 – and has agreed to postpone next year’s Saturday Night Takeaway until 2020.
The hugely popular star has been undergoing rehab treatment since March after a relapse into alcohol addiction which saw him convicted of drink driving.
Speculation has been rife since then over when he will return to screens, with many fans hoping he would be ready in time to fly to the jungle alongside co-star Dec Donnelly.
But in an exclusive statement to The Sun, the 42-year-old today announced he will be off until at least 2019 – also ruling himself out of next year’s series of Takeaway because pre-production work would need to begin imminently.
He said: “My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off.
“I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.”
The Sun can confirm best pal Dec, also 42, will still head to Australia to front I’m A Celebrity without his partner for the first time, but a decision has not yet been taken over whether he will host the programme single-handedly or with a guest co-host.
Dec explained: “Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision.
“I’m looking forward to us both being reunited on screen in 2019.”
As a result the duo and ITV have agreed Saturday Night Takeaway, one of the broadcaster’s most popular shows, will now not return to screens until February 2020.
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