There’s been a lot of speculation.
With Ant out of action for the foreseeable future following his recent drink-driving incident, it looks likely that Dec will be joined by another presenter for Britain’s Got Talent when it kicks off again later this year.
The bookies favourite to be brought in is Scarlett Moffatt, who along with Stephen Mulhern, already plays a part on the Geordie duo’s other show Saturday Night Takeaway.
Paddy Power are offering odds of 5-6 on her joining Dec on BGT.
A Paddy Power spokesman said:
“So Ant’s been decked by ITV – it’s a case of ‘taxi for Ant’ for the next few months, which seems a wise move.
“While the much-loved Geordie TV presenter recovers in rehab, ITV bosses seem set to really think outside the box – by replacing him with much-loved Geordie TV presenter Scarlett Moffatt. Genius.”
However, not everybody is convinced of the idea. Here’s what TV critic Ian Hyland had to say on the matter.
Apparently Scarlett Moffatt is the bookies' favourite to co-host Britain's Got Talent with Dec this year.
I loved her on Gogglebox and I'm A Celeb but I'm not sure she's ready for this – and I don't believe lTV would put that much pressure on someone so early in their career.
— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) March 28, 2018
And, sadly for Scarlett, others agree.
It doesn’t need anyone else. Dec can do it solo. If not surely Stephen is the obvious bet.
— Christian Hewgill ? (@ChrisHewgill) March 28, 2018
I like Scarlett but only in small doses her voice goes through me ?
— Pauline Wickins (@paulineinessex) March 28, 2018
She's much better at the off the cuff stuff she does on eg takeaway or streetmate, interacting with people rather than normal links
— Chris Best (@bandwagonbest) March 28, 2018
If you’re wondering who else could be getting lined up for the role, Stephen Mulhern is 2-1 to replace Ant, with Dermot O’Leary 5-1 and Caroline Flack 6-1.
The talent show returns in April, with the live shows beginning at the end of May – so I guess we don’t have long to wait to see who gets the gig in the end.