The 'I'm a Celebrity' host was thankful to his friend for keeping the show going in his absence.
The TV presenter couldn't bring himself to take his mate's job.
'BGT' judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell sat down with 'Lorraine' journalist Dan Wootton to talk about the upcoming series.
The Geordie duo reportedly made a profit of around £4.4 million in 2018.
The presenting duo have hosted the Royal Television Awards for the last six years.
Ant and Dec won't be winning an RTA this year.
The reality TV boss said it was like the presenter's crime "had never happened".
Ant & Dec have won the award for the 18th time.
McPartlin has opened up about his troubled year and TV comeback.
McPartlin will resume filming Britain's Got Talent this month.
The X Factor presenter says everyone might as well 'throw in the towel' if Ant and Dec win this year.