Holly Willoughby has opened up on Ant McPartlin’s reaction to the news that she will be replacing him on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The 37 year old blonde beauty will take over from Ant as he continues his year away from presenting duties.
This Morning presenter Holly has now revealed that Ant, 42, is “happy” with show bosses’ choice of replacement as she prepares to head to Australia with Declan Donnelly.
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Speaking to Daily Mail to celebrate 30 years of the daytime show that she hosts with Phillip Schofield, Holly says: “He was part of the discussion from the off.
“He’s happy that I’m looking after it until he gets back. It does help that we all know each other.”
Holly also opened up on how it will be “weird” for her to present alongside somebody other than Phillip, who she also hosts Dancing On Ice with.
“I think it’s going to be much weirder for Dec. I mean he’s only ever worked with Ant,” she continued.
Discussing how she seeked advice from her telly partner before taking the job, Holly added: “When it comes to TV, Phil gives really good advice…He laughed at the thought of me freaking out over the bugs.”
Holly was revealed as Ant’s replacement for the hit ITV show last month after it was revealed that Ant would take an extended break from the spotlight following his troublesome year.
The host said in a statement: “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!”
Dec also commented on the news, saying: “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.