Dec Donnelly assures Britain's Got Talent's viewers that 'nothing has changed' despite Ant McPartlin's absence
Britain's Got Talent is back again and the semi-final episode on the show kicked off with Dec Donnelly joking about his missing partner, Ant McPartlin. While some people might have missed seeing Ant on the show, Dec was there to make sure that people did not miss his presence on the show.
"Rest assured, nothing else has changed," he said. "The talent is just as good, the judges are exactly the same and the presenters… well, it’s probably best not to dwell on that, let’s just get on with the show!" Even though this was the first time Dec was presenting the show alone, he happened to manage the show very well. Later in the show, judge David Walliams brought attention to Ant's missing presence by suggesting, "As you know, a lot more pressure can be a good thing."
However, Dec wasn't going to let the show go down and was quick to get back to reality as he said, "Moving on" after David was done talking. This comes after Ant was asked to pay a hefty fine after he confessed to drinking and driving following the accident.
The 'Saturday Night Takeaway' host was found to be twice the legal limit when his car crashed with another on March 18. His mother, Christine Woodhall had been sitting on the passenger seat when the accident took place. After pleading guilty, the court declared that he had to pay a fine of £86,000 and has been banned from driving for 20 months, according to Mirror.
Prosecutor Katie Sinnett-Jones told Wimbledon Magistrates' Court that the incident took place at around 3.50 p.m. It is then that Ant drove his Mini around a "sharp bend and lost control" and later ended up on the wrong side of the road. He collided with another Mini Cooper before driving "straight into the front of an oncoming car". Ant's vehicle "came to a halt and was no longer driveable due to the damage caused", she said and it was people who were present during the incident who called the police.
Meanwhile, his defense barrister Liam Walker told the court that he had suffered a 'brief relapse' which was unbeknownst to his mum. "Anthony McPartlin is sorry. He is doing everything he can so this never happens again. He hopes that in time he can make himself better and he might be forgiven by all the people he feels he has let down so terribly," Liam said. He added that Ant was trying to come to terms with the collapse of his marriage and has been getting treatment for "alcohol and emotional issues".