Holly Willoughby will be stepping into Ant McPartlin's shoes to co-host I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! alongside Declan Donnelly, it has been confirmed.

Earlier this month it was revealed that McPartlin wouldn't be co-hosting the show with Donnelly as he focuses on his recovery following a stint in rehab where he had been receiving treatment for alcohol addiction.

The This Morning presenter commented on her new role: "I couldn't be more excited to have been asked to stand alongside Dec for the next jungle adventure. I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for a continued recovery.

"These are big shoes, not to fill, but just to keep warm for a little bit... Honestly, I'm a huge fan of I'm a Celebrity and actually feel like I've won a competition to go and hang out on my favourite show! When is it a good time to tell Dec I'm scared of everything that moves?!"

ITV has said it will announce plans for This Morning, which Willoughby has co-hosted with Phillip Schofield since 2009, "in due course".

Holly Willoughby will step into Ant McPartlin's shoes to co-host I'm A Celebrity with Declan Donnelly

Donnelly said of Willoughby joining the reality series: "I am hugely grateful to Holly for agreeing to accompany me to Australia this year. She was at the top of my list and I'm thrilled she said yes.

"It will be a different kind of series but we will try our best to ensure it is no less fun and eventful for our loyal viewers. I am also pleased to hear Holly is scared of everything. I am almost stupidly excited at the thought of watching her during the eating trials!"

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!, which Ant & Dec have presented since it began in 2002, returns to ITV this autumn.

The popular presenting duo released a joint statement earlier in August to reveal that McPartlin would "continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019", which includes I'm A Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway.

McPartlin was charged with drink-driving earlier this year and was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000.