...but Holly will stay on as Celeb host­ess

Sunday Express - - ANARCHY IN FRENCH CAPITAL - By Ed Gleave

JUN­GLE bosses want Holly Wil­loughby to star on I’m A Celebrity next year – even if Ant McPartlin re­turns.

Ex­ec­u­tives are des­per­ate to lure her back be­cause she’s been such a hit with view­ers co-host­ing with De­clan Don­nelly.

The show’s rat­ings have hit an all-time high and tonight’s fi­nal is be­ing tipped to reach 15 mil­lion view­ers.

So even if it means Holly, 37, be­com­ing a trio with Ant and Dec, I’m A Celeb pro­duc­ers want to find a way to make it work.

A show in­sider said: “Holly has done a great job. Many pre­sen­ters would have crum­bled un­der the pres­sure of join­ing such a big show, but Holly stepped up to the plate.

“The top peo­ple at ITV are re­ally keen to get her back next year.”

Holly was drafted in to re­place Ant, who has put his TV ca­reer on hold to bat­tle ad­dic­tions to painkillers and al­co­hol.

Our in­sider added: “The orig­i­nal plan was for Holly to stand in while Ant was off, then hand the ba­ton back. But she’s been such a suc­cess pro­duc­ers are keen to keep her what­ever hap­pens.”

ITV chiefs have al­ready had back room meetings and it is ex­pected they will make her a big money of­fer next March.

A TV source said: “It’s no sur­prise ITV are look­ing to get Holly back next year.

“It now de­pends on whether or not she wants to do an­other se­ries. Be­ing in Aus­tralia for five weeks is a big com­mit­ment.

“She has her fam­ily to think about and This Morn­ing.”

I’m A Celebrity bosses feared split­ting up Ant and Dec, both 43, would make view­ing fig­ures nose­dive. But with Holly on board they have jumped by al­most two mil­lion view­ers.

The first week av­er­aged 13.1million — putting the se­ries on course to be the big­gest in its his­tory. Rat­ings for tonight’s fi­nal are set to be sky high. An in­dus­try ex­pert said: “It’s highly pos­si­ble view­ing fig­ures will hit 15 mil­lion. This se­ries has had so many fan­tas­tic char­ac­ters. View­ers can’t get enough.”

Last night camp mates, in­clud­ing Harry Red­knapp, Fleur East, Emily Atack and John Bar­row­man en­joyed choco­late treats and a kan­ga­roo meat din­ner.

CHOC TREAT: Harry Red­knapp

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