Despite all the drama that the presenter has been in recently, his bosses have decided to keep his appearances on Britain’s Got Talent. Ant McPartlin will also appear on other shows.
After being involved in a drunk-driving incident, it appeared as though the presenter’s pre-recorded scenes would be cut out from shows that he’s on. But according to The Sun, the star has lots of fans that love seeing him.
Pre-recorded footage of Ant McPartlin and his co-star, Declan Donnelly, in the auditions stage of Britain’s Got Talent, will be kept by ITV bosses. McPartlin recently canceled all his upcoming TV commitments after his drunk-driving crash in March 2018.
The star has since returned to rehab, with Donnelly thanking their fans for all of their support in the recent weeks. Donnelly has had to go on hosting Saturday Night Takeaway alone and will do the same this weekend during the grand finale.
He’s also expected to take to the stage alone during the live shows for Britain’s Got Talent after his solo performance. But McPartlin will feature in all the audition shows for this year’s series, which included acts from Manchester, London, and Belfast.
McPartlin and Donnelly will be seen interviewing the acts before they go on stage and giving their comments throughout. Stephen Mulhern will continue to host the show’s spin-off Britain’s Got More Talent.
"All the footage that was created during the audition stages will air when the series starts again."
Insider, The Sun, April 4, 2018
Donnelly will handle the live shows alone. A source shared that “After last weekend the feeling is very much that Dec should take on BGT alone too – he did a brilliant job.”
The insider added that the bosses at ITV had loved him and wanted him back on screens as soon as possible.
It was reported that Simon Cowell also agreed that he was the best man for the job rather than bringing in a new face. The auditions started filming on November 5, 2017, and ended on November 22, 2017.
McPartlin will also appear on this weekend’s Saturday Night Takeaway in the final installment of the comedy skit Saturday Knight Takeaway. Viewers were thrilled to see him back on screen and praised the decision to show his scenes.
Britain’s Got Talent bosses also revealed that the show had been nominated in the Best Entertainment Programme category at the BAFTA Television Awards.