Self Care Comes First –
August 9, 2018 – McPartlin first checked himself into rehab last summer, citing an addiction to prescription drugs. He returned to the screens but stepped back from all presenting duties after crashing his car in a drink-driving offence in March, which resulted in him being fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban.
“My recovery is going very well and, for that to continue, having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off,” McPartlin said, in a statement issued through his publicist. “I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.” Production and filming for a new Saturday Night Takeaway series, which was due to air in February, would normally have already started. The pair said they hoped to bring back the show in 2020.