Ant McPartlin 'returns to work' on Britain's Got Talent

Laura Hannam
McPartlin is expected to return to BGT in early 2019. (PA Images)

Ant McPartlin has reportedly returned to work on Britain’s Got Talent. The 43-year-old has been out of the limelight for most of 2018, following a public battle with alcohol, several rehab stints for substance abuse and pleading guilty to drink-driving in April.

The one-half of the dynamic Ant & Dec is set to make his grand return to television in the new year on the latest series of the ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent. 

On Tuesday McPartlin was photoed in central London attending work related meetings, presumedly in the production lead-up to BGT. 

A source told The Sun: “He always planned to take the rest of 2018 off to fully recover. He didn’t want to commit to anything before he was absolutely ready but now he feels up to it again.

“He’s got his first production meetings this week where he will be talking about the plan for the new series in January and from then onwards he’s back into work mode. The break has been exactly what he needed and done him the world of good.”

Ant McPartlin pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was fined £86,000. (PA Images)

This comes the same day that his I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! stand-in Holly Willoughby won’t be returning to host the show in 2019.

The Daily Star reported that ITV bosses were keen to get Willoughby back on the Aussie-based reality show alongside Ant & Dec after this year’s ratings soared, but she has confirmed she won’t be back.

Speaking at the launch of Dancing on Ice, Willoughby said: “It’s definitely business as usual. This was a one-off, once in a lifetime adventure.”

While McPartlin will almost certainly return to Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2019, it has been confirmed that he won’t return to hosting Saturday Night Takeaway until 2020.

*Yahoo Celebrity has reached out to ITV for comment.

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