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Dec to host Britain’s Got Talent without Ant

Declan Donnelly will host Britain's Got Talent live shows on his own while Ant McPartlin “steps..

Declan Donnelly will host Britain's Got Talent live shows on his own while Ant McPartlin "steps down from his TV commitments for now", ITV has confirmed.

Ant, who was charged with drink-driving on 21 March, will still appear in the audition shows that were recorded in January.

The 12th series of the talent show begins at 8pm on Saturday 14 April, with regular judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon all returning.

Dec will present the live shows solo amid reports Ant has checked into rehab to fight his problems with prescription drugs and alcohol.

Image:Britain's Got Talent will return for its 12th series on Saturday 14 April

ITV said in a statement on Tuesday: "Dec will be hosting the live shows, which for the first time ever are coming from the Hammersmith Apollo, while Ant steps down from his TV commitments for now.

"We send Ant all our love.

"And we know that Dec will do a brilliant job."

The duo have fronted BGT since its inception in 2007.

Ant was arrested in Richmond on Sunday 18 March after his Mini was involved a collision with two other cars.

The 42-year-old is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on 16 April.

He said in an interview with The Sun on Sunday: "I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.

Ant McPartlin was pictured leaving a house in west London on Wednesday
Image:Ant McPartlin was pictured leaving a house in west London on the day he was charged with drink-driving

"I want to thank my wife, family and closes friends for helping me through this really difficult time.

"I've spoken out because I think it's important that people ask for help if they're going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery."

The Sunday paper reported that Ant's prescription drug and alcohol problems started after he had failed knee surgery two years ago.

Dec presented Saturday Night Takeaway without his long term co-presenter for the first time on 31 March.

Declan Donnelly presented the show solo on Saturday night. Credit: ITV/Saturday Night Takeaway
Image:Declan Donnelly presented the Saturday Night Takeaway on his own. Pic: ITV/Saturday Night Takeaway

The 42-year-old teased that he had "twice as much work to do" before introducing actor Stephen Merchant as the show's announcer, followed by a performance by singer Paloma Faith.

Later in the show, he quipped: "I'll have to do it myself, like everything else this week."

A decision was made for Dec to present the last two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway on his own after Ant's drink-driving charge.

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Dec said the live recordings were "tinged with sadness" due to the absence of his TV partner of almost 30 years.

The pair started out in children's drama series Byker Grove in the 1990s, and went on to pursue a music career under their character names PJ & Duncan.

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

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Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
Ben Affleck has been pictured ..

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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