The biggest question about next year’s season of Britain’s Got Talent is whether or not host Ant McPartlin will return. He has said he is taking this whole year off for rehab after a drunk driving arrest. As far as producer and judge Simon Cowell is concerned, Ant is always welcome back.
Ant has had a pretty terrible year. He was going through a very public and messy divorce which caused him to fall of the wagon. He was arrested in April for driving under the influence and immediately announced he was going into rehab. That led to him missing the entirety of Britain’s Got Talent’s live shows. His partner, Declan Donnelly, had to carry on without him. Ant backed out of any other show he was in as well such as I’m A Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway.
But if I was Ant I would breath easy. According to Simon Cowell, he still has a job. Simon said,
“He is welcome back and we have missed him. But he has done the right thing by taking some time off, and he will come back fresh and will enjoy it. We didn’t speak while he was in rehab but we got messages through Dec – as we have always done – but I didn’t want to impose on his privacy. But we have always made it clear what our relationship is, we help each other. We are friends and he is welcome back anytime.”
See? Simon isn’t so bad after all. It’s a good thing that they aren’t going to fire Ant. He needs to know he has something to look forward to in order to get him through this. We wish him luck.