Lisa Armstrong has said she thinks Holly Willoughby will do a “great job” hosting this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
Ant is taking a break from TV until 2019 to focus on his well-being.
Speaking about Holly bagging the job, Lisa told The Sun: “She’ll do a great job. Obviously she’s a great presenter. She’s a friend of mine.
“Her and Dec are obviously friends. I think they’ll have a great dynamic and I’m looking forward to watching.”
Last week, ITV confirmed Holly will be joining Dec to host the show this autumn.
It came after Britain’s Got Talent co-host Ant released a statement explaining he has decided to take the rest of the year off to focus on his recovery, following his stint in rehab for drink issues and painkiller addiction and his drink-drive arrest in March.
A host of names were put in the frame to join Dec in Australia, including Scarlett Moffatt, Stephen Mulhern and Julia Morris, co-host of the Australian version of the show.
But viewers will be seeing This Morning presenter Holly take over hosting duties, and the star has admitted she “couldn’t be more excited” to join Dec down under.
Holly, 37, said in a statement: “I couldn’t be more excited to have been asked to stand alongside Dec for the next jungle adventure. I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for a continued recovery.
“These are big shoes, not to fill, but just to keep warm for a little bit. Honestly, I’m a huge fan of I’m a Celebrity and actually feel like I’ve won a competition to go and hang out on my favourite show.
“When is it a good time to tell Dec I’m scared of everything that moves.”
Meanwhile, Dec has said he’s “hugely grateful” that Holly agreed to join him on the show.
The presenter, who recently welcomed his first child with wife Ali Astall, revealed Holly was at “the top of my list” of presenters to co-host the reality show.
He said: “I am hugely grateful to Holly for agreeing to accompany me to Australia this year. She was at the top of my list and I’m thrilled she said yes.
“It will be a different kind of series but we will try our best to ensure it is no less fun and eventful for our loyal viewers.
“I am also pleased to hear Holly is scared of everything. I am almost stupidly excited at the thought of watching her during the eating trials!”
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