Filming for I’m A Celebrity has been held up, as Ant McPartlin rests in Los Angeles.
Bosses had hired a huge set for Ant, 41, and co-host Dec Donnelly to do a big-budget promo shoot this Friday.
But they postponed the session at London’s Pinewood Studios while Ant continues to recover from painkiller addiction.
The new series starts next month. A TV source said: “It would have been the first day filming but with Ant away, there is no way they could get started.”
Ant, who got hooked after an agonising knee op, jetted off last week with agent Paul Worsley.
A source close to the star said: “He’s gone to get away from the spotlight.
"He’s in recovery and it’s important he has time and space.
“Paul’s gone to provide support. He is one of his closest friends.”
A TV insider added: “Ant needed some space away.
"Everyone completely understands.”