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Declan Donnelly ‘devastated’ over Ant McPartlin’s return to rehab

Declan Donnelly is said to be ‘devastated’ that his best friend and presenting sidekick Ant McPartlin will go back to rehab, following his arrest on suspicion of drink-driving.

The Sun reports the 42-year-old presenter, who has not spoken publicly on the arrest, is ‘gutted’ for his friend of 29 years, and worried for the future of the TV partnership.

A source told the website: ‘He’s just really upset about it all just on so many levels – gutted and worried about Ant obviously and devastated he’s going back to rehab.

Difficult time: Declan Donnelly is said to be ‘devastated’ that his best friend and presenting sidekick Ant McPartlin will go back to rehab, following his arrest on suspicion of drink-driving

TV favourites: The Sun reports the 42-year-old presenter, who has not spoken publicly on the arrest, is 'gutted' for his friend of 29 years, and worried for the future of the TV partnership

TV favourites: The Sun reports the 42-year-old presenter, who has not spoken publicly on the arrest, is ‘gutted’ for his friend of 29 years, and worried for the future of the TV partnership

‘But he’s also worried about the future of Ant and Dec.’

Another source added to the website: ‘He’s very upset and needs time to make any decisions, which is why this weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Takeaway was cancelled.’

This comes amid claims that the TV duo’s brand, honed over more than two decades, is under threat after the crash. 

Brand expert Marcel Knobil told The Daily Star  the pair’s clean-cut and family friendly image could be permanently damaged by the incident.   

'Upset': A source told the website: 'He¿s just really upset about it all just on so many levels - gutted and worried about Ant obviously and devastated he¿s going back to rehab'

‘Upset’: A source told the website: ‘He’s just really upset about it all just on so many levels – gutted and worried about Ant obviously and devastated he’s going back to rehab’

He said: ‘They are such a resilient brand and that has been demonstrated by the fact that it wasn’t too badly damaged by his previous troubles.

‘But a brand has a breaking point and this could be it.

‘It’s very important to recognise that it’s only the most popular celebrities that are forgiven and that’s what he is. He has been forgiven to date but this really does up the volume’.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Ant and Dec for comment.      

Tough times: This comes amid claims that the TV duo's brand, honed over more than two decades, is under threat after the crash

Tough times: This comes amid claims that the TV duo’s brand, honed over more than two decades, is under threat after the crash

Popular Saturday evening show Saturday Night Takeaway will not broadcast this coming weekend, while a decision has yet to be taken about the remaining episodes in the series.

A rep for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: ‘Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments.

‘He has spoken with Dec and ITV today and asked for time off for the foreseeable future. As such Saturday Night Takeaway will not be going ahead this Saturday.’  

While an ITV spokesman said: ‘TV has taken a joint decision with Ant and Dec’s team not to broadcast Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend. 

Talented: Brand expert Marcel Knobil told The Daily Star the pair's clean-cut and family friendly image could be permanently damaged by the incident

Talented: Brand expert Marcel Knobil told The Daily Star the pair’s clean-cut and family friendly image could be permanently damaged by the incident

‘We will be reviewing options for the last two episodes of the series (March 31 and April 7) which would not feature Ant who is taking time off to seek treatment. We very much hope that he gets the help that he needs.’  

Ant – who split from wife Lisa Armstrong earlier this year after 11 years of marriage – was arrested at 4pm on Sunday after allegedly hitting two cars in his black Mini sports car while driving with his mother in Richmond, south west London.

One onlooker, Jake Spencer, said the Britain’s Got Talent star was argumentative towards cops when they tried to put him in a police car after he failed a breath test. 

He said: 'They are such a resilient brand and that has been demonstrated by the fact that it wasn¿t too badly damaged by his previous troubles. But a brand has a breaking point and this could be it'

He said: ‘They are such a resilient brand and that has been demonstrated by the fact that it wasn’t too badly damaged by his previous troubles. But a brand has a breaking point and this could be it’

He told The Sun newspaper: ‘Ant looked in a right state and was acting argumentatively toward a policewoman. I couldn’t believe it when I saw who it was.

‘The woman was trying to arrest him and get him in the police car but he clearly wasn’t having it. He was not making it easy for her and he seemed to be trying to wriggle out of her clutches. He was not in a good way.

‘Eventually she got him in the police car. There were about six or seven police cars in total.’

It is thought Ant veered into the wrong lane after coming round a sharp bend, hitting a green Mini before crashing into a BMW X5. A three-year-old girl was taken to hospital to be checked over as a precautionary measure. 

Focus: Ant - who split from wife Lisa Armstrong earlier this year after 11 years of marriage - was arrested at 4pm on Sunday after allegedly hitting two cars in his black Mini sports car while driving with his mother in Richmond, south west London

Focus: Ant – who split from wife Lisa Armstrong earlier this year after 11 years of marriage – was arrested at 4pm on Sunday after allegedly hitting two cars in his black Mini sports car while driving with his mother in Richmond, south west London

 

 

 

 



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