Ant McPartlin fights back tears after 'really, really emotional' return to Britain's Got Talent 1 year ago

Ant McPartlin fights back tears after 'really, really emotional' return to Britain's Got Talent

Ant McPartlin said that he was "over the moon" as he made a "really, really emotional" return to Britain's Got Talent today.

The 43-year-old joined his pal and Britain's Got Talent co-host, Declan Donnelly, on stage for the first set of auditions at the London Palladium earlier today [January 18].

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And he got a standing ovation as Dec introduced him to the eager audience.

Dec said:

"We've got a bunch of acts backstage who are eager to get out here and perform for you.

"The judges are back, the buzzers are back... and someone else is back.

"My co-host for this series, would you please welcome - Mr Ant McPartlin!"

The audience members all got to their feet and began to cheer as Ant walked onto the stage - and immediately went to give Dec a hug.

Fighting back tears, Ant told the crowd: "Oh god, I'm really, really emotional now. I've missed you all."

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He turned to his BFF and added: "As for you! I've missed you."

Ant went on to thank the crowd for the "lovely welcome" back to Britain's Got Talent. 

He continued:

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"What a great show to come back to. I'm thrilled, I'm over the moon. Shall we move on before I cry?"

According to the Daily Mail, Simon Cowell told Ant that the show hadn't "been the same" without him.

He said:

“Ant welcome back. We missed you, it wasn’t the same. I mean even though Dec was brilliant, it still wasn’t the same.

“It would be like me not being with David, I would be happy, but not happy - if that makes sense. So on behalf of all of us, welcome back, we’re family."

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Earlier today, Ant and Dec were reunited for their first day of work together in ten months - and shared a selfie to celebrate.

The lads posted the snap of themselves in the car on the way to the first day of Britain's Got Talent auditions to their joint Instagram account.

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"Audition day 1," they captioned the shot. "The boys are back in town!"

Today's filming was Ant's first TV work since he was involved in a drink-driving incident last March.

He crashed his Mini Cooper while driving more than two times over the legal drink-driving limit.

He was suspended from driving for 20 months and handed an £86,000 fine as a result of the collision.