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Ant and Dec: 'We want to stay at ITV'

Ant and Dec are "ironing out all the bits and bobs" before signing a new £30 million deal that will ensure they stay at ITV for the next three years.

Ant and Dec are "close" to signing a reported £30 million deal to stay at ITV for the next three years.

The 40-year-old pair are national treasures thanks to presenting shows such as I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

Now ITV are gearing up to lock Ant and Dec to their network for the next three years.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, the presenting duo didn't refer to the worth of the deal, but admitted it will be finalised before they jet to Australia to shoot the new series of I'm A Celebrity.

"Let’s be honest it is close," Ant said. "We have had people come and discuss stuff with us but we love ITV and all the programmes we make there and they want us to stay. Before we go to Oz we want to sort it out, yeah.”

And Dec added: "We are not on the dotted line yet but we want to stay and they want us to stay. It is just ironing out all the bits and bobs.

"It will have to be signed before we go to Oz because then we will be at the end of the year and we are fairly close."

The pair, who first found fame as co-stars on TV show Byker Grove before launching a music career and eventually landing on presenting, are believed to have earned around £25 million for their last ITV deal.

However, ITV's new boss Kevin Lygo is apparently so keen to tie Ant and Dec down for another three years that he is prepared to offer them a staggering £30 million.

Meanwhile, Dec also spoke about rumours the pair are set to work on a new series for a streaming service, hinting that it will happen at some point in the future when the ITV deal is confirmed.

"The whole Netflix/Amazon thing, theatre tour and other stuff are not necessarily for right now," he said. "It is still being talked about but is hopefully in the short to medium term."

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