Ant and Dec gloomy after announcement of TV break

Separated: Declan Donnelly (left) and Ant McPartlin (right) looked sad when they were photographed for the first time since they announced that they are taking a break to present together

Declan Donnelly and Ant McPartlin looked sad when they were photographed for the first time since they announced that they take a break from presenting television together.

The pair, both 42, were photographed separately, following Ant's announcement that he would take a sabbatical and the Saturday Night Takeaway program was canceled until 2020.

Dec looked down as he imagined taking the subway in West London, hours after the announcement, along with his wife, who was pregnant, talent manager Ali Astall.

Separated: Declan Donnelly (left) and Ant McPartlin (right) looked sad when they were photographed for the first time since they announced that they are taking a break to present together

Losing it: Ant appeared in a fairly reflective mood while sipping her coffee cup while in West London

Losing it: Ant appeared in a fairly reflective mood while sipping her coffee cup while in West London

Separated: Declan Donnelly (left) and Ant McPartlin (right) looked sad when they were photographed for the first time since they announced that they are taking a break to present together

Tickets please: he imagined Dec going shopping with his pregnant wife, Ali Astall (left) on Thursday, but it seemed a little uncomfortable.

Tickets please: he imagined Dec going shopping with his pregnant wife, Ali Astall (left) on Thursday, but it seemed a little uncomfortable.

Tickets please: he imagined Dec going shopping with his pregnant wife, Ali Astall (left) on Thursday, but it seemed a little uncomfortable.

His growing bulk was clear to see as his due date approaches.

Ant was also photographed enjoying a walk with another friend, with a hot drink in her hand, unable to raise a smile.

A source told The Mirror earlier that both he and Dec were crying & # 39; during a talk about the star taking time.

Smile: Lisa, Ant's ex-wife, smiled as she walked with Hurley, the dog of the previous couple.

Smile: Lisa, Ant's ex-wife, smiled as she walked with Hurley, the dog of the previous couple.

Smile: Lisa, Ant's ex-wife, smiled as she walked with Hurley, the dog of the previous couple.

  Natural: Ali looked amazing in his tight white shirt as he showed his changing form

  Natural: Ali looked amazing in his tight white shirt as he showed his changing form

Natural: Ali looked amazing in his tight white shirt as he showed his changing form

Hard times: Dec had a handkerchief in hand after what must have been a couple of difficult days for him and for Ant. He will now present I? M Celeb this year without his partner.

Hard times: Dec had a handkerchief in hand after what must have been a couple of difficult days for him and for Ant. He will now present I? M Celeb this year without his partner.

Her rock: Ali wore a tight white blouse when she joined her beloved husband

Her rock: Ali wore a tight white blouse when she joined her beloved husband

Hard times: Dec had a handkerchief in hand after what must have been a couple of difficult days for him and for Ant. He will now present I? M Celeb this year without his partner.

Sticking with things: Saturday Night Takeaway has been archived until 2020, as Ant continues to improve

Sticking with things: Saturday Night Takeaway has been archived until 2020, as Ant continues to improve

Sticking with things: Saturday Night Takeaway has been archived until 2020, as Ant continues to improve

They said: It was very emotional and there were some tears as they talked about everything. Dec understands and fully admits Ant. He wants him better and fights for next year. "

Ant will not present I'm A Celebrity … this year and it's unknown if Dec will present the show alone or with an alternate.

Scarlett Moffatt, 28, has become the bookmaker's favorite to take on the role of co-host of this year's I'm Celeb series.

There for him: it is important to note that both Dec and ITV have been a great support for Ant and his recovery

There for him: it is important to note that both Dec and ITV have been a great support for Ant and his recovery

Close: He and Ant have been best friends for years and have even spent holidays together

Close: He and Ant have been best friends for years and have even spent holidays together

There for him: it is important to note that both Dec and ITV have been a great support for Ant and his recovery

They go back: Ant and Dec met when they played PJ and Duncan on the children's television show Byker Grove in 1989

They go back: Ant and Dec met when they played PJ and Duncan on the children's television show Byker Grove in 1989

They go back: Ant and Dec met when they played PJ and Duncan on the children's television show Byker Grove in 1989

Something in his mind: Dec looked down as he was photographed inside a store after it was revealed that Ant broke when he said he needed more free time in an emotional talk.

Something in his mind: Dec looked down as he was photographed inside a store after it was revealed that Ant broke when he said he needed more free time in an emotional talk.

Something in his mind: Dec looked down as he was photographed inside a store after it was revealed that Ant broke when he said he needed more free time in an emotional talk.

Delight: the make-up artist casually strolled with Hurley in tow

Delight: the make-up artist casually strolled with Hurley in tow

Delight: the make-up artist casually strolled with Hurley in tow

Elegant: the 42-year-old make-up artist could not hide her smile as she took the dog for a walk before loading it into the car

Elegant: the 42-year-old make-up artist could not hide her smile as she took the dog for a walk before loading it into the car

Elegant: the 42-year-old make-up artist could not hide her smile as she took the dog for a walk before loading it into the car

Energetic: Hurley himself seemed to have a lot of whales, as he dragged Lisa down the street on her walk

Energetic: Hurley himself seemed to have a lot of whales, as he dragged Lisa down the street on her walk

Energetic: Hurley himself seemed to have a lot of whales, as he dragged Lisa down the street on her walk

Relaxed: keeping her blonde hair pulled back in an elegant up-do, Lisa showed off her lovely LA tan with aviator sunglasses

Relaxed: keeping her blonde hair pulled back in an elegant up-do, Lisa showed off her lovely LA tan with aviator sunglasses

Relaxed: keeping her blonde hair pulled back in an elegant up-do, Lisa showed off her lovely LA tan with aviator sunglasses

The production and filming of the Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would have already begun, and will continue throughout 2018 and early 2019.

Neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of the show and, therefore, they considered it best to rest the series next year.

Instead, they will bring the show back in 2020, bigger and better than ever.

Geordie's hosts have been friends since they met on the ITV show, Byker Grove, playing PJ and Duncan in 1989, before forging a successful TV and music career.

They live together in the west of London and regularly go on vacation together, showing how close they are.

Staying strong: Ant continues to focus on his recovery after a three-car collision at Richmond earlier this year and the end of his marriage to long-term love, Lisa Armstrong.

Staying strong: Ant continues to focus on his recovery after a three-car collision at Richmond earlier this year and the end of his marriage to long-term love, Lisa Armstrong.

Staying strong: Ant continues to focus on his recovery after a three-car collision at Richmond earlier this year and the end of his marriage to long-term love, Lisa Armstrong.

Ant said in a statement to MailOnline: "My recovery is going very well and, to continue talking with Dec and ITV, I made the decision to take the rest of the year."

Ant said in a statement to MailOnline: "My recovery is going very well and, to continue talking with Dec and ITV, I made the decision to take the rest of the year."

Ant said in a statement to MailOnline: "My recovery is going very well and, to continue talking with Dec and ITV, I made the decision to take the rest of the year."

The best: neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of Saturday Night Takeaway and, therefore, felt it was better to rest the series next year.

The best: neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of Saturday Night Takeaway and, therefore, felt it was better to rest the series next year.

It's not ready: the production and filming of the Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would have already begun, and will continue throughout 2018 and early 2019.

It's not ready: the production and filming of the Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would have already begun, and will continue throughout 2018 and early 2019.

The best: neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of Saturday Night Takeaway and, therefore, felt it was better to rest the series next year.

Kevin Lygo, Director of Television at ITV, said: "ITV fully supports Ant taking all the time he needs in his recovery and this mutual decision to rest Takeaway in 2019."

Putting a brave face on things: the separated wife, Lisa Armstrong, seemed happy when she met her pet, Hurley, whom she shares with Ant

Putting a brave face on things: the separated wife, Lisa Armstrong, seemed happy when she met her pet, Hurley, whom she shares with Ant

Putting a brave face on things: the separated wife, Lisa Armstrong, seemed happy when she met her pet, Hurley, whom she shares with Ant

Ant said in a statement to MailOnline: "My recovery is going very well and for that to continue to have spoken with Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off."

He continued: "I would like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to working again in the new year."

Dec added: "Although I am obviously sad at the thought of not having my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work that Ant has been doing in private and I totally agree with his decision.

"I hope we both meet on the screen in 2019."

Brave: Declan said in a statement that he is "sad to be without his best friend"

Brave: Declan said in a statement that he is "sad to be without his best friend"

Brave: Declan said in a statement that he is "sad to be without his best friend"

They will miss him: Ant, 42, is not going to present I'm a celebrity ... Get me out of here! in November of this year

They will miss him: Ant, 42, is not going to present I'm a celebrity ... Get me out of here! in November of this year

They will miss him: Ant, 42, is not going to present I'm a celebrity … Get me out of here! in November of this year

Co-host? The news comes a few hours after Scarlett Moffatt became the favorite of the bookmakers to take on the role of co-host of this year's series of I'm Celeb

Co-host? The news comes a few hours after Scarlett Moffatt became the favorite of the bookmakers to take on the role of co-host of this year's series of I'm Celeb

Co-host? The news comes a few hours after Scarlett Moffatt became the favorite of the bookmakers to take on the role of co-host of this year's series of I'm Celeb

Kevin Lygo, Television Director of the ITV, said: "ITV is totally in favor of Ant taking all the time he needs in his recovery and this mutual decision to rest Takeaway in 2019.

"Ant is clearly progressing, we wish him all the best, and we hope he will return to ITV next year." An announcement about the plans of I & # 39; a Celebrity will be made in due time.

Ant announced his separation from his wife, makeup artist Lisa Armstrong in January, and has found romance with his former PA and friend Anne-Marie Corbett.

Lisa, 41, was photographed with a cheerful look, as she met the Hurley dog, which she shares with Ant.

Sorry: last year, Ant confirmed his battle with addiction to alcohol and drugs and was found guilty of driving while intoxicated (Ant photo outside the Court of Magistrates of Wimbledon)

Sorry: last year, Ant confirmed his battle with addiction to alcohol and drugs and was found guilty of driving while intoxicated (Ant photo outside the Court of Magistrates of Wimbledon)

Sorry: last year, Ant confirmed his battle with addiction to alcohol and drugs and was found guilty of driving while intoxicated (Ant photo outside the Court of Magistrates of Wimbledon)

Lisa continues to wear her wedding ring and has largely kept a dignified silence after separation.

Concerned presenter Ant first sought rehabilitation treatment in June 2017 after becoming addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol after failed knee surgery in 2015.

He entered rehab for the second time in March after being involved in a three-car collision at Richmond and was found to be over the limit behind the wheel.

Ant pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in April and received a record fine of £ 86,000, as well as a 20-month driving ban.

Scarlett Moffatt is currently in the privileged position to fill the position of co-host on I & A 39; s Celebrity, with Paddy Power giving odds of 5/6.

The coral bookmakers also have Scarlett as a favorite to be named as this year's presenter with 3/1 odds, inclined by Stephen Mulhern with 2/1 odds.

Hard time: Ant has been battling personal problems, including the end of his marriage to his 11-year-old wife, Lisa Armstrong (pictured in 2007)

Hard time: Ant has been battling personal problems, including the end of his marriage to his 11-year-old wife, Lisa Armstrong (pictured in 2007)

Hard time: Ant has been battling personal problems, including the end of his marriage to his 11-year-old wife, Lisa Armstrong (pictured in 2007)

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