Britain's Got Talent: Dec Donnelly jokes about Ant's absence

He was recently fined a record £86,000 and banned from the road for one year and eight months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

And after entering rehab and stepping down from TV commitments, Britain's Got Talent host, Declan Donnelly, appeared to joke about his troubled co-presenter Ant McPartlin's absence as he hosted Friday's live semi-final on his own.

The Geordie presenter was introducing double act, jazz singers Dennis DeMillie and Marvin Muoneke, when he seemed to allude to the fact he was without his sidekick. 

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Making a dig?: Britain's Got Talent host, Declan Donnelly, appeared to joke about his troubled co-presenter Ant McPartlin's absence as he hosted Friday's live semi-final on his own

Making a dig?: Britain's Got Talent host, Declan Donnelly, appeared to joke about his troubled co-presenter Ant McPartlin's absence as he hosted Friday's live semi-final on his own

Going solo: The Geordie host was introducing double act, jazz singers Dennis DeMillie and Marvin Muoneke, when he seemed to allude to the fact he was without his sidekick (pictured)

Going solo: The Geordie host was introducing double act, jazz singers Dennis DeMillie and Marvin Muoneke, when he seemed to allude to the fact he was without his sidekick (pictured)

He said: 'We start with two men who are absolutely inseparable.

'They're a double act everyone loved in the auditions and now they're back together for semi-final week. Must be nice.'

The presenter then tried to keep a straight face as judge, David Walliams, could be heard laughing in the background.

Cheeky: The presenter then tried to keep a straight face as judge, David Walliams, could be heard laughing in the background

Cheeky: The presenter then tried to keep a straight face as judge, David Walliams,

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