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26 July 2018, 15:26
The head of ITV has announced that Ant McPartlin will make a comeback soon.
Speaking to ITV News, the channel's Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said that the TV presenter won't return "a moment too soon".
"He will come back when he's well and when he is ready to come back," McCall said. "ITV will not be putting him under any pressure to come back unless he's well and fit enough to come back."
When asked if Ant is planning to return, she replied: "As far as I know, that is true."
'Ant's coming back'— ITV News (@itvnews) July 25, 2018
ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall says @imacelebrity presenter Ant McPartlin will return to the channel but 'only when he's ready'.
Read more of what she told @ITVJoel here: https://t.co/ShCekUS0BI pic.twitter.com/mZMwBCqjuy
Ant went to court in April following a collision with two other vehicles earlier this year. He was fined £86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to being twice the legal drink drive limit.
He said at the time: "I just want to say I'm truly sorry for what happened. Higher standards are expected of me – I expect them of myself."
His longtime TV partner Declan Donnelly hosted the last two episodes of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and all of this year's Britain's Got Talent live shows on his own.
It has yet to be confirmed if Ant will return in time for this year's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which will return in November.