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Ant and Dec post snap of their positive Covid tests

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have confirmed they have tested positive for Covid-19 after being forced to withdraw from attending the National Television Awards and Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician.

The TV duo took to Instagram to share a photo of their lateral flow test results, which showed they were both positive.

The couple, who have won the NTAs’ Best Presenter award for 20 consecutive years, confirmed MailOnline’s exclusivity by telling their followers: “Unfortunately, it’s true”.

Alongside the snap, which they posted to social media, they wrote, “Unfortunately it’s true…we even get sick together!”

“After feeling unwell a few days ago we have both tested and are positive for Covid. We’re resting at home and we’re so sorry we can’t be at the @officialntas.

They then sent a message to their fellow candidates: “Good luck everyone and get well soon everyone else in the same boat x.”

Ant and Dec are suffering from flu-like symptoms and are bedridden with the contagious infection.

A source told MailOnline: “Ant and Dec are gutted. They love the NTAs, it’s the best night on TV and for them it’s an event they always look forward to.

“They’re both feeling really bad, but they’ll be watching the show from bed and hoping to get well and back to work soon.”

A spokesperson for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: “Having both felt unwell, Ant and Dec tested for Covid and unfortunately they both tested positive.

“The duo will postpone work commitments while they recover.”

Their absence from the star-studded NTAs will not go unnoticed by viewers, who have voted for Ant and Dec as top presenters for over two decades.

But this year, This Morning presenter Alison Hammond, 47, is being hinted that she is finally set to end her winning streak.

Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha has also withdrawn from the event due to illness, sharing a video from her sickbed on Wednesday.

The 57-year-old actress wondered if she had contracted a new strain of Covid despite testing negative.

Stephen Mulhern, 45, will replace Ant & Dec as hosts of the Britain’s Got Talent special, which was taped in Birmingham on Tuesday night.

A spokesman for Britain’s Got Talent told MailOnline: “Ant and Dec are both unwell and have put off any work commitments until they recover.

“Unfortunately, this means they were unable to film Britain’s Got Talent: The Ultimate Magician. While we wish them a speedy recovery, we are delighted to confirm that Stephen Mulhern, BGT’s favorite magician, has stepped in.’

The BGT special was announced earlier this week and there is currently no on-air date.

American magician Pen Jillette has been announced as a guest judge alongside the regular jury.

Their most recent assignment was in South Africa filming for the All Stars I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! Series.

The NTAs are a major event for the dynamic hosting duo.

Last year they won Best TV Presenter Gong for the 20th consecutive year, with an emotional ant clutching his wife Anne-Marie when their names were announced.

In 2021, the Geordie duo beat out competition from Piers Morgan, Holly Willoughby, Alison Hammond and Bradley Walsh to win the coveted award.

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