TROUBLED Ant McPartlin will reunite with Declan Donnelly on next year’s Britain’s Got Talent, claims Simon Cowell.
Ant, 42, took a break from his TV duties after a turbulent year involving a drink driving conviction and battles with addiction.
PA Ant and Dec have been tipped to reunite on TV next year by Simon Cowell
TV boss Simon, 58, has tipped him to be back on screens next year.
He said: “He’s not a bad person, he’s not the only person these things happen to.
“He’s in the public eye. It’s a wake-up call. It’s as simple as that.”
Simon, speaking ahead of tonight’s live final, also vowed to give the Geordie presenter help and guidance when he returns.
The TV mogul added: “Maybe the pressure was more than I realised. I will support Ant when he comes back.
Flynet Pictures Ant beams as he returns from a month in rehab
Flynet Pictures Ant was spotted happily walking his dog, Harley, with a pal Ant McPartlin opens up to The Sun about his secret two-year addiction to painkilling drugs
“He’s not a malicious person, he’s just got himself into a place.
“But he has owned it and he’s going to deal with it. He’s taken a step back because his health is way more important than a TV show.
“We want him back.”
Earlier today Ant laughed and joked with a pal as he took his beloved Labrador, Harley, out for a stroll in London.
Flynet Pictures Ant laughs and jokes and shows he’s well on the way to recovery
Flynet Pictures Ant has taken a break from presenting whilst he recovers from his addiction
Splash News Boss Simon Cowell has given Ant the go-ahead to return to TV