Saturday 23 February 2019

Ant reunites with Dec for first day back at work on BGT

The TV presenter is back after taking time away from his job.

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arrive at Britain’s Got Talent (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arrive at Britain’s Got Talent (Jonathan Brady/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Ant McPartlin has returned to work with Declan Donnelly on the new series of Britain’s Got Talent.

The presenter, who stepped away from his TV roles last March after a drink-driving arrest, smiled alongside his presenting partner in an Instagram photo shared on their joint page.

The caption read: “#BGT 2019. Audition day 1. The boys are back in town!”

McPartlin and Donnelly were pictured in a selfie in the back of a car, seemingly before arriving at the London Palladium for the first day of auditions on the ITV programme.

After arriving at the back entrance of the theatre in an SUV they greeted fans, but did not answer questions from the media.

Last year, Donnelly hosted the live Britain’s Got Talent shows solo, although McPartlin had appeared in the pre-recorded audition episodes.

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The presenting pair were photographed together outside the back of the theatre (Jonathan Brady/PA)

McPartlin, 43, stepped down from presenting Saturday Night Takeaway following his arrest for drink-driving and returned to rehab.

Donnelly later fronted I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with Holly Willoughby instead of McPartlin.

The reunion was greeted with delight by Willoughby who tweeted: “Woooohooooo!”

McPartlin, who divorced wife Lisa last year, previously struggled with a two-year addiction to super-strength painkillers following a knee operation.

He was later banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 for driving while more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.

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