Ant just needs to be in a good place, says pal

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Ant sat out last month’s I’m A Celebrity se­ries to fo­cus on his so­bri­ety, with Holly Wil­loughby step­ping in as co-host next to Dec.

And Der­mot said his ab­sence from the screen has done Ant the world of good.

“Ant’s a dear friend. I think he’s sched­uled to come back to TV this year,” he told the Mir­ror. “As long as he’s happy. He just needs to be in a good place.

“Ant and Dec are such a sta­ple that when I was do­ing a trail for I’m A Celeb I said their names in­stead of Holly.” Der­mot will be host­ing Jan­uary 22’s Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Awards, where Ant and Dec are up once again for the Best En­ter­tainer gong, against Holly, Phillip Schofield, Gra­ham Nor­ton and Bradley Walsh. BGT is up for the Tal­ent Show Der­mot O’Leary who will be host­ing this year’s Na­tional Telev­sion Awards award, while both Ant & Dec’s Satur­day Night Take­away and I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! are in the run­ning for the Bruce Forsyth En­ter­tain­ment Award – mean­ing Ant and Dec have been nom­i­nated for FOUR NTAs in to­tal.

That has prompted back­lash from some quar­ters, in­clud­ing from Piers Mor­gan, who said Ant had been sit­ting “on his back­side all year”so didn’t de­serve to be nom­i­nated.

“No work, walk the dog, get up, and he still gets nom­i­nated for the NTA! I mean I love Ant but re­ally?” he ranted on Good Morn­ing Bri­tain.

“Re­ally? You’re go­ing to give the award to some­one who’s not done any work this year! I come in ev­ery day. I mean Dec should be get­ting one this year – solo.”

Piers went on: “I was jok­ing about Ant and Dec be­ing nom­i­nated for the NTAs when one of them hasn’t done any work this year.

“It has hap­pened. They’ll win, even though Ant has ba­si­cally been sat on his back­side, walk­ing his dog for the last year.”

An­thony ‘Ant’ McPartlin and De­clan ‘Dec’ Don­nelly, right, with the award for best pre­sen­ter at the Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Awards 2018ANT McPartlin needs to be in a “good place” when he re­turns to TV work next week, ac­cord­ing to Der­mot O’Leary.The X Fac­tor host, who counts Geordie pre­sen­ters Ant and De­clan Don­nelly as close friends, be­lieves the trou­bled TV star needs to avoid mak­ing the same mis­takes that led to him tak­ing al­most an en­tire year off work in 2018.Ant is due to be­gin film­ing for Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent in the next few days, which will be his first job since tak­ing a break from TV in the wake of his drinkdriv­ing car crash last March.As a re­sult of the crash, Ant went back into rehab for a sec­ond stint to beat his drink and drug demons, leav­ing Dec to con­tinue work­ing as a solo

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