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Ant McPartlin set to return to Britain’s Got Talent this week



Ant McPartlin is set to return to work this week as Britain’s Got Talent auditions get under way.

The TV presenter has been out of the spotlight for several months following his arrest for drink-driving last March.

Longtime on-screen partner Declan Donnelly hosted last year’s live Britain’s Got Talent shows solo, and was joined by Holly Willoughby for the 2018 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Anthony McPartlin, Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly in 2016
McPartlin was replaced by Holly Willoughby for last year’s I’m A Celebrity…

But Ant and Dec will reunite at the upcoming Britain’s Got Talent auditions, which are taking place at the London Palladium.

The news was confirmed by Good Morning Britain’s Richard Arnold on Thursday.

They duo first worked together as child actors in children’s show Byker Grove, playing PJ and Duncan, before moving into pop music and then presenting.

The pair have won numerous awards for their presenting and were made OBEs at Buckingham Palace in 2017.

Later that year, Ant entered rehab following struggles with a two-year addiction to painkillers as a result of a knee operation.

The TV star split up with wife Lisa in early 2018. His battle with alcohol came to a head two months later when he crashed his Mini while more than twice the drink-drive limit.

After his arrest, the 43-year-old was fined £86,000 and banned from the road for 20 months.

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