Ant McPartlin removed from I'm A Celebrity WhatsApp chat so he can 'focus on recovery'

The television presenter, 43, usually presents the ITV show alongside Dec Donnelly, also 43, but he is currently on a break after experiencing personal issues this year.

Regular This Morning frontwoman, 37, has temporarily taken his spot this season and Ant, who recently divorced wife Lisa Armstrong, is serious about taking a step back at the moment so he can concentrate on his health after alcohol and prescription medication problems.

Holly’s This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield has said Ant is not keeping up to date with the goings on in Australia, where the reality show is filmed, by text over the phone with Phil, Holly and Dec as he usually does.

When asked if he had been in contact with good friend Ant, Phil told The Mirror: “I think Ant is concentrating on himself and so, no, we’re all letting him get well."

Phillip has still been getting all the I’m A Celeb news sent to him from Down Under by his telly pal Holly and Dec.

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And Holly has even been messaging Phillip whilst filming the show as they have time out during VTs and advertisement breaks.

He said: “It’s me, Dec and Holly. I started it when they went out. We had a couple of chats before that.

"I didn't say anything the day of her first show, or the lead up to her first show, or during her first show as the last thing you want to do is be distracted.

"Both Ant and Dec and myself have also got a WhatsApp group for when they were out there. They’re very much like me. You can text or WhatsApp someone during a commercial break or long VT.

"It took Holly a day or two to settle in. I got the first WhatsApp from her on the group during a commercial break and though 'that’s it, she’s comfortable'."

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