Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have signed a new three-year deal with ITV, reportedly worth £30 million, marking a 20% increase over the value of their last three-year deal, reportedly worth £25m. But considering the pair front some of the network's most popular shows including I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent, it's hardly a surprise they'll want them back.
The hosting duo began their television careers on BBC children's show Byker Grove in the late 1980s but moved to their current platform in 1998 when they started presenting Saturday morning shows SM:tv Live and CD:UK (both alongside Cat Deeley). The first exclusive contract they signed with the broadcaster was towards the end of 2000.
Speaking of their latest deal, the Newcastle upon Tyne-born duo stated: "We are absolutely delighted to be extending our relationship with ITV, to continue on the three shows we love as well as exploring further opportunities both in front of and behind the camera. This deal will take us past the 20-year mark with ITV and we couldn't be happier."
ITV Director of Television Kevin Lygo added: "Ant and Dec are quite simply brilliant entertainers and I'm thrilled that we will be working together for another three years. They are incredibly passionate about television and have that rare ability to connect with audiences of all ages, which has helped make the shows they present some of the biggest on British TV."
Including campmates such as Diversity's Jordan Banjo, Carol Vorderman, Lisa Snowden, Strictly Come Dancing's Ola Jordan, Larry Lamb, Adam Thomas and Gogglebox's Scarlett Moffat, the 16th series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is currently airing nightly. While it's not on tonight (15 November) due to the England v Spain football match, the series will return on Wednesday 16 November.
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