Ant McPartlin's ITV comeback on ice: Takeaway star's career in the balance

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Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway ITV

PRIORITIES: Ant is putting his health first

Speaking to ITV news, she said: “So we wish Ant well, clearly he won’t come back a moment too soon.

“So I mean, he will come back when he’s well and and when he is ready to come back and ITV will not be putting him under any pressure to come back unless he’s well and fit enough to come back.”

Pushing, the interviewer added: “But he will be retuning to the channel?”

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TROUBLED: Ant McPartlin speaks to the press outside court

Carolyn replied: “As far as I know, that is true.”

Now a friend of the troubled star has revealed that Ant, 42, is nowhere near taking to the small screen again.

The pal told The Mirror: “He has not entered into any discussions about work with ITV yet or when he will come back as it is not the right time.

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“He is not thinking about a comeback at the moment.”

Insisting his health is his priority, they added: “He is fully focused on his treatment for as long as it takes.”

Since leaving rehab for the second time earlier this year, Ant has been sporting two new tattoos.

The first, which was seen just days after he left rehab, appears to be an S and H on his right wrist, while on his left wrist he sports an Alcoholic Anonymous inking.

Meanwhile, Ant’s estranged ex is currently in Los Angeles with her best mate and former Deuce bandmate Craig Young.

Not only is she still wearing her wedding ring, despite Ant announcing their split at the start of the year, but Craig and Lisa also decided to visit a tattoo parlour to get new art on their wrists.

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