Ant Anstead Announces He’s Leaving Wheelers Dealers & Working on ‘3 New TV Shows’ in California

Ant Anstead is saying goodbye to the show that brought him to the United States — but he’s not leaving television anytime soon.

The father of three, 41, took to Instagram on Monday to announce that he would no longer be a part of the cast of Wheelers Dealers, a car-centric show produced for Discovery U.K. and Velocity Channel in the U.S.

“My time on Wheeler Dealers has come to an end as the show heads back to the UK,” he wrote. 

Anstead moved to California from his home in England in 2017 upon joining the show’s 14th season, leading him to meet his now-estranged wife, Christina Anstead. The show is currently airing its 16th season.

“I proudly hand the spanners over to the legend that is @f1elvis and I remain home in California to embark on THREE new TV shows (watch this space for the top secret news coming soon),” he continued, thanking fans for “the years of support and banter,” and adding, “it’s been a ride.”

Though a representative for Ant could not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, he has given fans some clues about what his new projects may look like. 

For example, on October 1, he posted a photo to his Instagram Story of himself signing a “new TV contract 2021” with Discovery Inc. 

A representative for the media company — which owns networks like HGTV, Food Network, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and more — told PEOPLE that they could not share any additional details at the time. 

In addition to Wheelers Dealers and a number of other auto-focused shows back in the U.K., Ant has also appeared alongside his ex Christina, 37, on her HGTV show, Christina on the Coast, which is currently airing its third season.

Christina also hosts the hit HGTV show Flip or Flop, which she stars in alongside her first husband, Tarek El Moussa, whom she split publicly from in December 2016 after seven years of marriage, before finalizing their divorce in January 2018.

On September 18, Christina shocked fans when she announced that she and Ant had split after less than two years of marriage. The pair began dating in October 2017 and married at their home in Newport Beach in December 2018, welcoming son Hudson London, 1, in September 2019.

Christina shares son Brayden James, 5, and daughter Taylor Reese, 10, with El Moussa, while Ant is also dad to daughter Amelie, 17, and son Archie, 14, from his previous marriage.

The mother of three posted a statement to her Instagram to announce the split: "Ant and I have made the difficult decision to separate. We are grateful for each other and as always, our children will remain our priority. We appreciate your support and ask for privacy for us and our family as we navigate the future."

Ant first opened up about the split on September 26, when he shared a black-and-white photo of himself and Christina on Instagram alongside a statement: "Anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t like to share private matters publicly. I have remained silent while holding on to hope. I never gave up on us. I pray Christina’s decision brings her happiness."

Recently, Ant revealed that he participated in a "Breakup Recovery" course — a five-week program from a brand called Create the Love, which was founded by "human connection specialist" Mark Groves.

He also recently revealed that he's dropped around "23 lbs." since the split, telling fans "Don’t worry I will get it back on 💪🏼 🐷 x.” 

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