Simon Cowell reveals he's excited to welcome Ant McPartlin back to Britain's ...

Simon Cowell has expressed his delight in welcoming Ant McPartlin back to ITV competition series Britain's Got Talent in the near future, following the host's one-year break from TV presenting.

In an interview with The Sun, the music mogul, 58, insisted the 42-year-old's decision to take time off from work was the 'right thing to do', amid the host's recovery from drink and drug addiction.

Talking to the publication, X Factor's head judge revealed: 'That is what I always thought would happen, so I am happy to hear that. He is welcome back and we have missed him. But he has done the right thing by taking some time off, and he will come back fresh and will enjoy it.'

Excited: Simon Cowell has expressed his delight in welcoming Ant McPartlin back to ITV competition series Britain's Got Talent in the near future, following the host's one-year break from TV presenting

Excited: Simon Cowell has expressed his delight in welcoming Ant McPartlin back to ITV competition series Britain's Got Talent in the near future, following the host's one-year break from TV presenting

The Newcastle native has presented the talent show with his co-star Declan Donnelly, also 42, ever since the series' first edition in 2007.

Revealing that the pair weren't in contact during his recovery process, Simon added: 'We didn’t speak while he was in rehab but we got messages through Dec – as we have always done – but I didn’t want to impose on his privacy.'

Welcoming the star back with open arms, the Syco founder went on: 'But we have always made it clear what our relationship is, we help each other. We are friends and he is welcome back anytime.'

He's welcome: In an interview with The Sun , the music mogul, 58, insisted the 42-year-old's decision to take time off from work was the 'right thing to do' amid his recovery from drink and drug addiction

He's welcome: In an interview with The Sun , the music mogul, 58, insisted the 42-year-old's decision to take time off from work was the 'right thing to do' amid his recovery from drink and drug addiction

Simon's interview comes after it was revealed Ant will continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019, meaning he will not present the upcoming series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of

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