Holly Willoughby is hosting I’m A Celebrity alongside Declan Donnelly as a ‘favour’ to Ant McPartlin

This Morning: Holly Willoughby has had her last day on the show before I'm A CelebrityHolly Willoughby is replacing Ant McPartlin on I’m A Celebrity as a “favour” [ITV]

Holly Willoughby is currently preparing to fly to Australia ahead of her stint as a host on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Now it has been claimed that the 37 year old is presenting the show as a “favour” to Ant McPartlin, 42, as he continues with his recovery.

Joe Swash, the 36 year old host of spin off show Extra Camp, has opened up on the decision to have the This Morning host team up with Declan Donnelly, 43. 

Joe Swash has opened up on Holly's new roleJoe Swash has opened up on Holly’s new role [Dave Benett/Getty Images for Primark]

Speaking to The Mirror, Joe said: “She’s such good friends with the boys, and it’s someone doing them a favour.”

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The former EastEnders star continued: “It’s not someone going in to try and enhance their career.

“Holly’s so good at what she does, she’ll be amazing, and I’m looking forward to it.”

I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here: Ant will not be heading to the Australian jungle with DecHolly will replace Ant for the upcoming series of I’m A Celebrity [ITV]

Holly said she will be keeping Ant's shoes "warm for a little bit" on the show Holly has been friends with Ant and Dec for years [Getty]

Holly has previously opened up on taking on the role of hosting the ITV show — which returns on 18 November — claiming that she “never wanted’ to do it. 

The blonde bombshell told Daily Star: “It was a job I never wanted to be offered because no one ever wanted the day to come when it was Dec without Ant.

“I told Ant that I would look after his show for him, because it’s still his show, and I would look after Dec for him.”

Ant McPartlin is absent from a new Prince's Trust videoAnt is continuing to work on his recovery [Neil Mockford/GC Images]

As the presenting stars of the show begin to descend on Oz ahead of the show’s start, rumours of the all star line-up are beginning to swirl.

Celebrities reported to have signed up for the show include former Radio 1Xtra host Charlie Sloth, football manager Harry Redknapp, and The X Factor singer Fleur East. 

Seann Walsh is also thought to have held discussions with show bosses following his Strictly Come Dancing elimination, as has Emily Atack — who allegedly had an affair with the comedian.

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