Ant and Dec are reportedly all set to sign a mammoth new ‘£40 million deal’ with ITV – despite some heavy competition from streaming giant Amazon.
Ant and Dec have shared the stage together for 30 years, and have quickly become one of the UK’s most prolific presenters in history. Ant’s personal issues — which saw him develop a painkiller addiction, end his marriage to Lisa Armstrong and commit a drink-driving offence — meant last year he sat out most of the shows he presented with Dec.
In March 2018, Ant was involved in a three-car collision in Richmond and was discovered to be over the limit behind the wheel. He pleaded guilty to drink-driving in April 2018 and he received a record-breaking £86,000 fine, as well as a 20-month ban from driving.
The Geordie duo present some of ITV’s most recognisable programmes – from I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. The pair’s current ‘golden handcuffs’ deal with the channel ends on New Year’s Eve – and ITV seem very keen to keep two of their most valuable assets for the foreseeable future.
‘They consistently come out top in internal audience feedback polls and their star quality has not waned in over 20 years.’ And if reports are correct, the presenters could be raking in some very serious cash if they decide to sign on the dotted line. ‘Their current contract is £30million and is now going up to at least £40million — with scope to extend it in length and take the pay up to as high as £50million,’ the source claimed.
Amazon did make an attempt to poach them away from their televisual home. A source told the publication that: ‘With their current golden handcuffs deal up for renewal, other broadcasters have been sniffing around — most notably Amazon who still have a lot of cash to splash. ‘There was talk of them getting their own series on the streaming giant.
ITV are desperate to prevent this and have come in with a new, big, big money, three-year deal.’ ‘Ant and Dec are unquestionably ITV’s most prized assets,’ they continued.