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TELLY star De­clan Donnelly has said there’s NO WAY he’ll work with­out his trou­bled pre­sent­ing part­ner Ant McPartlin.

Dec, 41, has ruled out work­ing on screen with any­one else and will wait for his boy­hood pal to re­cover be­fore go­ing on telly again.

His best friend and ‘ brother’ Ant is cur­rently in re­cov­ery for an ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion drugs and a drink prob­lem but Dec is con­fi­dent Ant will make a full re­cov­ery quickly.

Re­cent re­ports sug­gested that the duo’s show­biz pal and fel­low pre­sen­ter Holly Wil­loughby, 36, could step in on this year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! but Dec has al­legedly point blank re­fused.

He has re­port­edly said he won’t fly to Aus­tralia with­out Ant by his side, even if good friend Holly was to step in.

A good friend of the Ge­ordie dou­ble act said: “Dec wouldn’t work on any ma­jor show with­out Ant and the last thing he would do is go to Aus­tralia with­out him. BROTHERS: Ant and Dec FRIEND: Holly to sort things out, so the hope is that Ant will bounce back.”

Ant, 41, shocked the na­tion last month when he re­vealed his prob­lems with pre­scrip­tion drugs and drink to the world.

The pop­u­lar and much-loved telly star checked him­self into re­hab and con­fided in his best friend Dec and wife Lisa about his strug­gles.

He be­came hooked on pain re­lief drug Tra­madol while he was suf­fer­ing with chronic knee pain and would of­ten go out on binges.

Bosses a ITV have pre­vi­ously said they would be will­ing to either find new hosts or even de­lay the show if Ant hadn’t made a re­cov­ery by Novem­ber.

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