Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have sent best wishes to their friend Ant McPartlin as he enters rehab.
The This Morning presenters opted to open today's programme (June 19) with a message of support for the Britain's Got Talent presenter, who announced yesterday that he is undergoing treatment for problems with alcohol and prescription drugs, following complications from undergoing surgery on his knee.
"We wanted to take this moment to send our love and best wishes to our mate Ant," said Phillip.
"As you may have seen, he's checked into a rehab clinic for help with substance abuse, prescription drugs and alcohol."
Also on hand to praise Ant for speaking out was This Morning's agony aunt Deirdre.
"I think it's great that he's spoken out and it sets a great example for other people who we know will be out there and worrying about it, whether for themselves or on the behalf of someone else," she added.
"For him to step forward like that and say he has a problem.
"He says he feels guilty, I don't think he should. He was suffering with pain. I think it's wonderful he's made that move to get help."
Holly agreed, and Phillip ended the discussion by encouraging other people who also may be struggling to seek help.
"This obviously is proof that whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you do, these sort of things can affect you," he said.
"I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time," Ant said in a statement.
"I've spoken out because I think it's important that people ask for help if they're going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery."
His best friend and presenting partner Declan Donnelly also thanked fans for their support, writing: "He will be touched. Your support is, as ever, much appreciated."
This Morning airs on weekdays on ITV.
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