Ant and Dec have revealed that they almost parted ways after Ant was charged with drink-driving last year.
The Geordie duo have worked together for almost 30-years, but Dec – who continued to host their TV shows while Ant was seeking treatment – has admitted that he almost split from his TV partner over his ‘indefensible’ offence.
Revealing the shocking admission to Guardian’s Weekend magazine, Dec said that when he heard the news, he felt both angry with Ant and upset for him.
‘I wanted to punch him and I wanted to hug him at the same time – and I didn’t know which one I wanted to do first,’ Dec said.
During the aftermath, Dec confessed that he ‘would be lying’ if he said he hadn’t thought about splitting from his on-screen partner.
He said: ‘Ant went away, and he had a lot of work to do on himself. He had a lot of thinking to do. Equally, I did. I thought about every eventuality and every permutation.’
He added, “Ultimately, the number one thing I wanted to happen was that Ant came back and he was healthy and happy, and we got our relationship back on track and we carried on. That’s the thing that makes me the happiest, working together.”
Making the candid admission that he also had therapy after the incident, he said, “I’m not too proud to say I sought help when Ant was away and throughout Ant going away.
“It’s the most destabilising thing that has ever happened to me. I had some counselling, and I still do.”
Speaking earlier this year about Dec’s fury over the accident, Ant shared, “He’s angry, of course he’s angry. But it’s justified and I understood it.
“We’re friends first and foremost. And we’re friends from the age of 13. But of course there’s going to be tensions there.
“Because this is not just getting p****d and making a fool of yourself at the office Christmas party — this is drink driving.’
He added to The Sun, “Underneath all of that is love and still is love. And that’s what we talked about more than anything.”
Ant and Dec will return as a TV duo next Saturday for the first time in a year on Britain’s Got Talent.
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