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ITV pulls Saturday Night Takeaway after Ant McPartlin arrest

ITV pulls Saturday Night Takeaway after Ant McPartlin arrest

His decision to step down comes following talks with his presenting partner Declan Donnelly and with ITV.

His team last night revealed he will seek further help having first received treatment for drink and prescription drug addictions last summer.

His publicist said he had cancelled his current TV commitments and was taking time of "for the foreseeable future".

Although he has made his return to television and has seemingly been the lovable and amusing Ant we all know and love over the last couple of months, it appears that he still has demons left to fight and we want to wish him all the best in his road to ultimate recovery.

"This is a straightforward case of him needing to go away and take as much time as possible".

"The couple in the green Mini were really shaken up and their child, who was a girl, could only have been about three years old", she continued.

On Sunday afternoon he had walked his dog, Hurley, with his mother, Christine, near Richmond Park - a place he often likes to take his pooches for a stroll. Faheem Vanoo and wife Shilpa Dandekar - who own a west London restaurant - were with daughter Amaira, four, when their Mini collided head-on with the presenter's vehicle.

It has been reported that his mum, Christine, and his labrador, Hurley, were passengers in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

One wrote: "We are all here to support you". It has left us all shaken up'.

Witness Jake Spencer said Britain's Got Talent star Ant had rowed with officers as they tried to put him in a police auto after he failed a breath test at the crash scene. She was trying to get him to calm down.

He was later taken to a south London police station for questioning before being released under investigation today (March 19).

He failed a roadside breathalyser test and allegedly became "agitated and argumentative" with the policewoman as she arrested him on suspicion of drink-driving.

A third chimed in: "When you've grown up watching #AntandDec its heartbreaking seeing what Ant is going through just hope he gets through it!" He announced earlier this year that he was divorcing his wife of 11 years, Lisa. There was no answer at the west London home of Donnelly, also 42, last night.



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