Simon Cowell Discusses Ant McPartlin’s Return To ‘Britain’s Got Talent’
With Britain’s Got Talent ending last night, one question looms over next season: will Ant McPartlin come back. Though he was in the pre-taped episodes that aired at the start of the season, he was conspicuously absent during the live shows. His longtime partner Declan Donnelly carried on without him. Simon Cowell believes that Ant will be back next season.
It’s not exactly a secret why Ant McPartlin wasn’t in the live shows. He was busted a couple of months ago for drunk driving and was sent to a rehab facility. Ant has struggled with mental and substance abuse issues for years. Simon, however, believes that Ant is an integral part of the show and needs to come back. Simon said,
“Maybe the pressure was more than I realized. I will support Ant when he comes back. 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. I’m almost certain he’ll be back next year. And we want him back. Dec has been unbelievable. I have tremendous respect for him. He’s been a revelation.”
It’s true. I missed Ant. Don’t get me wrong, Dec did a fine job. But it felt incomplete, like a peanut butter sandwich with no jelly.