He recently announced he would host the final two shows of Saturday Night Takeaway alone, after Ant McPartlin admitted himself to rehab after being charged with drink-driving.
And fans are calling for Holly Willoughby to step into the embattled presenter’s role as Declan Donnelly’s co-host, describing the 37-year-old as the ‘perfect candidate’ for the job.
It comes months after the 42-year-old playfully teased Ant, also 42, that the This Morning star was set to replace him on I’m A Celebrity, joking; ‘no one was sure if you would make it or not’, after he checked into rehab last June.
In the joke, Dec immediately opened the 2017 series by joking about his friend’s much-anticipated return.
He said to viewers: ‘I’m here with the gorgeous Holly Willoughby…’ before adding in mock horror: ‘Wait, no! Guys that’s the wrong script! You’ve put the wrong script in!’
Turning to Ant, who was stood in mock outrage, Dec continued the joke by stating, in reference to his pal’s rehab stint: ‘No one was sure if you would make it or not!’