Ant McPartlin ‘will return to work in January for Britain’s Got Talent auditions’ after eight-month hiatus… as he continues his recovery following drink and drug problems
Ant McPartlin is reportedly set to return to work next month as he reunites with Declan Donnelly for Britain’s Got Talent auditions.
The TV presenter, 43, will begin filming in January before hosting the live shows later in the year, the Sun revealed.
He is also expected to appear in his usual co-hosting spot on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in 2019 after Holly Willoughby stepped in for this year’s series.
He’s back! Ant McPartlin is reportedly set to return to work next month as he reunites with Declan Donnelly for Britain’s Got Talent auditions
Ant, who split from his wife of 11-years Lisa Armstrong in January this year – took an eight-month break from the showbiz world after crashing his car during a drink drive incident which saw him fined £86,000.
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A source told the publication: ‘Ant has completed his recovery and ITV has decided he is ready to be back at work for Britain’s Got Talent filming, which starts next month.
‘It’s been an incredible difficult two-year period but he has been entirely focused on turning his life around in order to return to work.
On the show: The TV presenter, 43, will begin filming in January before hosting the live episodes later in the year
Bitter split: Ant, who split from his wife of 11-years Lisa Armstrong (pictured) in January this year – took an eight-month break from the showbiz world after crashing his car during a drink drive incident which saw him fined £86,000
‘ITV is very excited about Ant and Dec being reunited – but Ant’s recovery has been everyone’s first priority.’
MailOnline has contacted Ant’s representatives for comment.
While Ant will reportedly be making a comeback to most of his popular programmes, the double act’s Saturday Night Takeaway won’t be returning next year as the show would have required the presenter to start filming during his recovery time.
Ant’s struggles – which included an addiction to prescription drugs and a stay in intense stay in rehab – saw him miss the Britain’s Got Talent live shows last time around and also this year’s series of I’m A Celeb.
As the jungle winner is crowned, Ant appeared to be in high spirits as he greeted a fan while taking his pet dog Hurley on a walk by Hampton Court Palace in Molesey, on Sunday afternoon.
Standing in: He’s set to watch his co-host Declan Donnelly crown this year’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! winner with stand-in presenter Holly Willoughby
Posted to the fan’s Twitter account, the host grinned from ear-to-ear as he stopped to take a snap with the follower’s dog.
This year marks the first time Ant hasn’t hosted I’m A Celebrity during its 16-year stint and it was recently reported that ITV bosses want Holly to make a return to the Australian jungle next year, joining both Ant and Dec on the competition series.
According to Daily Star, executives are keen to have the This Morning presenter back on screens after the show received its highest ever viewing figures, with a whopping 12.6 million tuning in to watch the star’s first week.
A source told the publication: ‘The original plan was for Holly to stand in while Ant was off and then hand the baton back. But she’s been such a success that producers are now keen to keep her whatever happens.’
A friend indeed: It was recently reported that ITV bosses want Holly to make a return to the Australian jungle next year, joining both Ant and Dec on the competition series
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