He returned to work with his old presenting partner Declan Donnelly after he left his TV roles last year after driving under the influence of alcohol.
And Ant McPartlin smiled when he left the London Palladium on Friday with his BFF Dec when the couple celebrated a successful first day of Britain's Got Talent auditions.
The Geordie star, 43, admitted earlier in the day to fans that he & # 39; really very emotionally & # 39; was, but & # 39; enchanted & # 39; to return to the ITV program after missing the live shows last year, with Dec, also 43, host solo.
Radiant! Ant McPartlin smiled when he left the London Palladium on Friday with his BFF Declan Donnelly and the couple celebrated a successful first day of Britain Got Talent auditions.
Also with a lot of enthusiasm after the show appear, where the Britain Got Talent jurors; Simon Cowell, 59, Amanda Holden, 47, Alesha Dixon, 40, and 47-year-old David Walliams.
Both Amanda and Alesha exchanged their usual glamorous ensembles during the series for more subdued outfits and had their locks withdrawn in easy-to-manage hairstyles.
A striking absence was Ant's freelance make-up artist Lisa Armstrong, who is no longer part of the show after a 12-year stint.
He's back! Ant returned to his work with his old presenting partner Dec after having stepped off his TV roles last year after driving under the influence of alcohol
& # 39; It's good to be back & # 39 ;: the Geordie star, 43, admitted earlier in the day that he & # 39; really very emotionally & # 39; was, but & # 39; enchanted & # 39; to return to the ITV program
Time-out: in August last year, Ant revealed that he was taking a break from presenting with fellow host December to focus on recovering his painkiller addiction, months after his drink drive charge
An insider told The Mirror last year: "Lisa has been deterred to ensure that his return to TV runs smoothly without unnecessary distractions. Although everyone is very fond of Lisa, it was clearly untenable to continue working together. & # 39;
Lisa, however, loved a message on Twitter and congratulated Ant and Dec on their first day at work.
During the first day of filming, a & # 39; elated & # 39; Ant cheering on the stage after he was introduced by Dec, who told the audience: "We have the jurors back, the golden buzzer is back and someone else is back.
& # 39; My co-host for the series, please welcome … Mr Ant McPartlin. & # 39;
Emotional: Ant received a standing ovation through the crowd after being invited to the stage for December
Shocked? Also with a lot of enthusiasm after the show, the Britain Got Talent judges, including Simon Cowell
Back to business: Chief Inspector Simon Cowell of Britain's Got Talent told McPartlin: "Ant welcome back. We missed you; it was not the same. & # 39;
Approaching the scene, a hurry of tears said: "Hello everybody. Oh God, I am really very emotional now. I've missed you all. What a great show to come back to, I am delighted, I am very happy. Will we continue before I cry? & # 39;
The crowd would reportedly quickly host a standing ovation and an extremely positive & # 39; give a reaction, sources that were exclusively told to MailOnline.
The source said: & # 39; Going back on stage was really emotional for Ant. He is pleased to be back with Dec and enthusiastic for the BGT series ahead of him. The reaction of the public today was extremely positive. They gave him a standing ovation. & # 39;
Looks good: Amanda Holden wore a broad smile when she left the iconic location on Friday
Working: The judge shows off her slender frame in a tracksuit, embellished with colorful stars
Radiant: the blonde bomb emphasized her beautiful features with a glamorous selection of make-up
In August last year, Ant revealed that he was taking a break from presenting with co-host December to concentrate on restoring his painkiller addiction months after his drink price.
It was also revealed that ITV hit show Saturday Night Takeaway, presented by the couple since 2002, has been canceled until 2020.
Ant also missed that I am a celebrity … get me out of here! in November, with new father Dec who organizes the program alongside This Morning & # 39; s Holly Willoughby.
Troubled presenter Ant first went to rehabilitation in June 2017 after he became addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol after a failed knee operation in 2015.
Stylish: Britain's Got Talent Judge Alesha Dixon teased her toned abs in a crop top combo
Wonderful: the singer effortlessly piled up coolly in a denim jacket
He went to the rehab clinic for the second time in March after he had been involved in a three-car collision in Richmond and he discovered that he was exceeding the limit behind the wheel.
Ant pleaded in drunk driving in April and received a record-breaking fine of £ 86,000, as well as a driving ban of 20 months.
Ant's divorce with the wife of 12 years Lisa was completed in October and the star has since found romance with her former PA and friend Anne-Marie Corbett.
Dapper: David Walliams was his usual charming I in a formal suit and a pink shirt