Speaking to Jamie Theakston on Heart Breakfast, Mulhern was questioned about being McPartlin’s possible replacement on I’m A Celebrity while he took time out to recover from his alcohol addiction.
Mulhern explained that he could never have replaced McPartlin on the ITV show, and that Holly Willoughby was the perfect person to step in because less comparisons would be made. The conversation then took an awkward turn, however, as Theakston attempted to make light of McPartlin’s drink-driving charges.
After Theakston asked about the Geordie presenter’s well-being, Mulhern replied: “He’s brilliant. He’s on top form. All the family are back together. Everyone’s happy”.
“Would you accept a lift from him, though?,” asked the radio presenter, leaving Mulhern speechless and visibly disgusted.
Mulhern awkwardly sat in silence before eventually uttering under his breath: “Wow”.
McPartlin – who took the majority of the 2018 off and has only recently returned to television to host Britain’s Got Talent 2019 – spent time in rehab recovering from alcohol addiction in a year that also saw him charged for drink driving.
After crashing his car under the influence of alcohol in March last year, McPartlin pulled out of Saturday Night Takeaway, which was half way through the series at the time. Declan Donnelly was left to present the show by himself.
Despite not appearing on television for the majority of 2018, it was recently reported that McPartlin and Donnelly still earned £12,000 a day (£85,000 per week), with profits hitting the £4.4 million mark.