Declan Donnelly is said to be stressed and facing “an impossible dilemma” over breaking a pact he made with best pal Ant McPartlin that they would not work solo.
The pair have been double act since they met on the set of children’s TV show Byker Grove in 1990.
Dec, 42, was seen for the first time since Ant’s car smash yesterday looking glum as he walked with wife Ali Astall, 40, near their West London home.
He faces the prospect of hosting Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain’s Got Talent and I’m A Celeb without Ant as he heads back to rehab.
The options are lining up another co-host or him flying solo. But a more radical alternative for Dec is to face up to a year away from TV, as Ant is thought to be unlikely to return in 2018.
A source said: “Dec is stressed and it is a very difficult decision in terms of what he does next. They always said they would not work solo but now he has to think about not just their careers but hundreds of employees who work for them and ITV.”