Ant and Dec took 'step back' to get friendship on track after rehab 'So much ...

ANT AND DEC - hosts of Britain's Got Talent 2020 and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! - had to take a "step back" to get their friendship back on the right track after Ant took some time away from television in 2018.

PUBLISHED: 17:01, Sun, Sep 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:01, Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Declan Donnelly, 44, who is best known as one half of comedy duo Ant and Dec, has opened up about the "uncertainty" about his on-screen partnership with Ant McPartlin's after the latter took time off in 2018 following his time in rehab. The BGT host said he and Ant took their friendship "for granted".

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We had to really step back

Declan Donnelly

Dec has opened up about how he and Ant had to work at their friendship as there was "uncertainty" with their television partnership after being apart.

Ant, also 44, went into rehabilitation for his addiction to painkillers in 2017.

"Because there was so much uncertainty with our career and partnership, we had to really step back and take stock of it all...," he began.

“Almost to get our friendship back on track, because I think we’d taken it for granted for too long.”

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Ant chipped in: “Having had that period where we weren’t together, we found more gratitude for everything we do.”

“It’s a really lovely time in our lives and in our professional career," Dec continued to tell FANE podcast.

Dec continued to host I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2018 without his co-presenter.

While This Morning's Holly Willoughby stepped up to the challenge, Dec admitted he was adamant from the beginning that he wouldn't host the ITV show with another man.

Ant McPartlin rehab ant and dec addictionAnt McPartlin checked into rehab in 2017 (Image: Getty)

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