Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have confirmed they’ve tested positive for Covid-19 after being forced to pull out of attending the National Television Awards and Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician.
The TV duo took to Instagram to share a photo of their lateral flow test results, showing they were both positive.
The pair, who have won best presenter at the NTAs for 20 consecutive years, confirmed MailOnline’s exclusive by telling their followers: ‘Sadly, it’s true’.
‘Sadly, it’s true’: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have confirmed they’ve tested positive for Covid-19 after being forced to pull out of attending the NTAs and Britain’s Got Talent special
Alongside the snap they posted on social media, they penned: ‘Sadly it’s true… we even get ill together!’
‘After feeling unwell a few days ago we both tested and we’re positive for Covid. We’re resting up at home and are so sorry we can’t be at the @officialntas.
They then sent a message to their fellow nominees: ‘Best of luck to everyone and get well soon to anyone else in the same boat x’
Ant and Dec are suffering from flu-like symptoms and are ‘bed bound’ with the contagious infection.
Oh dear: The TV duo took to Instagram to share a photo of their lateral flow test results, showing they were both positive
A source told MailOnline: ‘Ant and Dec are gutted. They love the NTAs, it’s the best night in TV, and for them it’s an event they always look forward to.
‘They’re both feeling really poorly but will be watching the show from bed and hope to be well and working again soon.’
A spokesperson for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: ‘After both feeling unwell Ant and Dec have tested for Covid and unfortunately have both tested positive.
‘The duo will be postponing work commitments whilst they recover.’
A friendly face: BGT’s favourite magician, Stephen Mulhern has stepped in to take over from Ant and Dec on the special
Their absence at the star-studded NTAs won’t go unnoticed by viewers, who have voted for Ant and Dec to win best presenter for over two decades.
But this year This Morning host Alison Hammond, 47, is tipped to finally end their winning streak.
Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha has also pulled out of the event due to illness and shared a video from her sickbed on Wednesday.
The actress, 57, pondered wether she had contracted a new strain of Covid despite her tests proving negative.
Stephen Mulhern, 45, will be replacing Ant & Dec as host of the Britain’s Got Talent special which was recorded in Birmingham on Tuesday night.
A Britain’s Got Talent spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Ant and Dec are both unwell and have postponed all work commitments until they recover.
Success: Last year, Ant and Dec scooped the Best Presenter gong for an epic 20th time in a row at the National Television Awards (pictured)
‘Sadly, this means they were unable to film Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician. Whilst we wish them a speedy recovery, we are thrilled to confirm that BGT’s favourite magician, Stephen Mulhern has stepped in.’
The BGT special was announced earlier this week and there is currently no on-air date released.
American magician Pen Jillette was announced as a guest judge alongside the regular panel.
Their last work commitment saw them film in South Africa for the All Stars I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! series.
Abroad: Their last work commitment saw them film in South Africa for the All Stars I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! series
The NTAs are a major event for the dynamic hosting duo.
Last year, they scooped the best TV presenter gong for an epic 20th time in a row, with an emotional Ant seen clutching his wife Anne-Marie as their names were announced.
In 2021, the Geordie duo beat off competition from the likes of Piers Morgan, Holly Willoughby, Alison Hammond, and Bradley Walsh to win the coveted award.
They are up for several prizes at this year’s event including yet another nod in the TV presenter category.
What’s more, their shows Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! are up for The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, while Britain’s Got Talent, which they also host, has a nod for the best talent show.
Ant and Dec’s NTAs success
Ant and Dec have won the Best Presenter award at the National Television Awards a record 20 times.
The pair won the gong for the first time at the 2001 ceremony and they have won every single year since.
After their 18th win in 2019, the duo were presented with the Guinness World Record for the most Best Presenter awards consecutively.
Prior to Ant and Dec’s unstoppable success, Michael Barrymore was the last person to claim the award in 2000.
Speaking after their 20th win, Ant said: ‘We were talking in the car on the way here and the first year we won an NTA, Tony Blair was the prime minister and Newcastle United qualified for the Champions League. It just goes to show how long ago it was.
He added: ‘But do you know what? This one means the most. 20 years. This is really, really special. You have no idea how special this is.’