"With the greatest respect to the boys", he continued, "I think Holly has had such a great year, and Graham". "Shall we move on before I cry?"
This formal statement was released by McPartlin's representative in July: 'Ant McPartlin today announces he will continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019.
Bowing to the screaming and cheering audience, before hugging Dec, McPartlin said: "Hello everyone". We missed you; it wasn't the same.
They went on to create their singing act "PJ & Duncan" and by 1995 were hosting their own show, The Ant & Dec Show.
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Simon said: "Ant welcome back". I mean even though Dec was brilliant, it still wasn't the same. I would be happy but not as happy if that makes sense.
Simon was getting out of his Rolls Royce to pose for photographers round the back of the London Palladium when he realised his flies were undone.
So happy to see you guys back together!
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Following McPartlin's drink-driving charge, he was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £86,000.
McPartlin missed I'm A Celebrity.
McPartlin checked into rehab in 2017 after struggling with a two-year painkiller addiction following a knee operation.
This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby stood in for Ant on I'm A Celebrity alongside his sidekick December.
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