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Bosses and stars rally as Ant starts 'months' of rehab

By Sherna Noah

Ant McPartlin's TV bosses have wished him a "speedy recovery" after the star checked into rehab amid his battle with depression, alcohol and substance abuse.

The Britain's Got Talent, Saturday Night Takeaway and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! co-host (41), is expected to remain in a facility for up to two months. A spokesman for ITV said: "We are sending Ant our very best wishes for a speedy recovery."

McPartlin's wife, make-up artist Lisa Armstrong, said she is relieved her TV star husband is getting support.

"Completely overwhelmed by all your love and support it means so much. I'm relieved he's receiving the help he needs, we just need him better," she tweeted.

His problems reportedly stemmed from failed knee surgery two years ago.

With an ongoing complication, the presenter is said to have started taking prescription drugs to cope with the pain. A source said alcohol had become a cause for concern among friends of the presenter, and the star's busy work schedule is reported to have been another factor in his battle with anxiety.

Stars also sent their support, with former I'm A Celebrity contestant Myleene Klass tweeting: "Sending love to you both xxx."

Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor wrote: "You're going to help a lot of people by being honest. Important stuff. Sending strength your way."

His presenting partner Declan Donnelly also thanked fans for their messages of support.

"Thank you for all the kind messages and well wishes for the big fella. He will be touched," the TV host tweeted.

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