Ant and Dec reunite for Britain’s Got Talent. Ant McPartlin has been seen at work for the first time in nearly a year – alongside his telly partner Declan Donnelly.
The pair arrived at the first Britain’s Got Talent 2019 audition yesterday at the London Palladium, surrounded by screaming fans, and they could not look happier.
In a picture posted to their joint Instagram, the caption read: “#BGT 2019. Audition day 1. The boys are back in town!”
This is the first time the co-hosts have been seen together for work since last year’s BGT auditions.
He was convicted of drink-driving following a three-car crash in March and later checked into rehab.
A source told the MailOnline: “Going back on stage was really emotional for Ant. He’s delighted to be back with Dec and excited for the BGT series ahead. The reaction from the crowd today was extremely positive. They gave him a standing ovation.’
Introducing Ant’s return, Dec took to the stage and said: “We’ve got a bunch of acts backstage who are eager to get out here and perform for you.The judges are back, the buzzers are back… and someone else is back.”
“My co-host for this series, would you please welcome – Mr Ant McPartlin!”
Visibly moved, Ant said: “Oh god, I’m really, really emotional now. I’ve missed you all’.
Speaking to Dec, Ant said: “As for you! I’ve missed you.’
‘What a lovely welcome. What a great show to come back to. I’m thrilled, I’m over the moon.
“Shall we crack on before I cry?’
Simon Cowell welcomed Ant back by saying: “Ant welcome back. We missed you; it wasn’t the same. I mean even though Dec was brilliant, it still wasn’t the same. It would be like me not being with David, I would be happy, but not happy – if that makes sense. So on behalf of all of us, welcome back, we’re family. (Turns to audience) You are family!’