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Saturday 24th August 2019

Ant McPartlin gets emotional on BGT stage as he returns with Dec Donnelly

He welled up on stage

It was a rather emotional return to work for Ant McPartlin today, as he broke down during his first day back at Britain's Got Talent.

The 43-year-old presenter joined co-host and best pal Declan Donnelly for the London Palladium auditions and he was greeted with a standing ovation as he walked on stage.

According to The Mirror, Dec told the crowd: "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!"

Ant seemed completely choked at his warm welcome, as he gave Dec a huge hug and looked out to the audience.

"Oh god, I'm really, really emotional now. I've missed you all," he said, adding to 43-year-old Dec: "As for you! I've missed you."

Joking that he might break out the water works, Ant continued: "What a lovely welcome. What a great show to come back to. I'm thrilled, I'm over the moon.

"Shall we crack on before I cry?"

Oh god, I'm really, really emotional now.

It was the first time the infamous duo had been together for work since Ant took a break from the limelight following his drink-driving arrest last year.

The TV star took some time out of the spotlight last year (Credit: Wenn)

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He was given a 20-month driving ban and was fined £86,000.

Holly Willoughby then stepped in to co-host I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! with Dec.

The boys were also reunited with BGT judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden in the capital today.

Comedian David shared a snap of them all raring to go as auditions kicked off.

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Britain's Got Talent returns to screens in the Spring.

We can't wait for the new series, guys!

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