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14/08/2018 11:39 BST | Updated 14/08/2018 11:50 BST

'I'm A Celebrity: Extra Camp' Host Joel Dommett Says Dec Would Be 'Fine On His Own' Hosting Show

The news comes as Ant announced he would be not be returning to TV this year.

‘I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp’ host Joel Dommett says Declan Donnelly will be “fine on his own” when he presents the main show without best friend Ant McPartlin

The comedian has ruled out stepping in to co-present with Dec, after Ant announced he would not be hosting this year’s series

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Ant has confirmed he won't be returning for next years I'm a Celeb

In an interview with The Sun, Joel backed Dec to fly solo on the ITV reality series, but put forward his ‘Extra Camp’ co-host Scarlett Moffatt if bosses are looking to replace Ant. 

Joel told the paper: “I’m sure he’ll be fine on his own. He’s amazing, they both are. It’s an amazing team.

“I don’t think they’d trust me with such very big shoes to fill.

“Genuinely I would never be able to do it. I don’t know whether I would really.

“I could never imagine the amount of pressure you’d have when you’re in that role.”

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Joel Dommett hosts spin-off show 'Extra Camp'

He continued: “Scarlett is the best, she’s the nicest, most wonderful human being.

“Very funny. Very quick, professional, nice, I love her.”

The news comes as Ant announced he would also be missing 2019′s ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ as he continues his recovery, following his arrest for drink-driving earlier this year, 

Speaking about stepping down from all his TV commitments, Ant said last week: “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.”

Responding to the announcement Dec said: “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.”

Many famous faces have been rumoured to replace Ant on ‘I’m A Celebrity’ this year, with Holly Willoughby reportedly being bosses’ top choice

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