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Ant McPartlin announces he is taking a TV break

The Saturday night presenter has announced that he is taking a break from his TV commitments so he can return to rehab following his alleged drink drive smash yesterday.

The telly star, 42, was involved in a collision with two other cars while he was driving his Mini in Richmond, South West London, on Sunday afternoon.

Ant's agent said in a statement released to The Sun: “Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments.

"He has spoken with Dec and ITV today and asked for time off for the foreseeable future. As such ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ will not be going ahead this Saturday.”

He failed a roadside breathalyser test and allegedly became “agitated and argumentative” with the policewoman as she arrested him on suspicion of drink-driving.

He failed a roadside breathalyser test and allegedly became “agitated and argumentative” with the policewoman as she arrested him on suspicion of drink-driving.

This morning his mum Christine - who was in the vehicle at the time of the collision with her dog - was seen leaving her son's £2million home.

Ant, who has spoken of his struggle with painkillers and booze during his recovery from knee surgery, was reported to have allowed his mum to move into his home last year.

This, it was claimed, would aid his recovery.

However she was seen leaving his house this morning in a taxi.

Meanwhile ITV bosses - who produce his show Saturday Night Takeaway - are yet to comment on the incident.

Witnesses said the 42-year-old looked dazed following the collision, with one adding: “Ant looked like his world had just ended.”

Ant got back home at 2.40am following a lengthy spell with cops after his arrest.

The star could be seen opening up the door to his home as the media waited outside.

It was thought Ant's car had veered into the wrong lane after coming round a sharp bend on Lower Richmond Road, South West London, and hit a green Mini — then crashed into a BMW X5.

Less than 24 hours earlier, he had been performing with telly partner Declan Donnellyon ITV's Takeaway show.

Police said a child passenger from one of the cars involved in the smash was taken to hospital to be checked as a precaution.

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