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Ant just needs to be in a good place, says pal.

ANT McPartlin needs to be in a "good place" when he returns to TV work next week, according to Dermot O'Leary.

The X Factor host, who counts Geordie presenters Ant and Declan Donnelly as close friends, believes the troubled TV star needs to avoid making the same mistakes that led to him taking almost an entire year off work in 2018.

Ant is due to begin filming for Britain's Got Talent in the next few days, which will be his first job since taking a break from TV in the wake of his drinkdriving car crash last March.

As a result of the crash, Ant went back into rehab for a second stint to beat his drink and drug demons, leaving Dec to continue working as a solo Dermot O'Leary be hosting National performer.

Ant sat out last month's I'm A Celebrity series to focus on his sobriety, with Holly Willoughby stepping in as co-host next to Dec.

And Dermot said his absence from the screen has done Ant the world of good.

"Ant's a dear friend. I think he's scheduled to come back to TV this year," he told the Mirror.

"As long as he's happy. He just needs to be in a good place.

" Ant and Dec are such a staple that when I was doing a trail for I'm A Celeb I said their names instead of Holly."

Dermot will be hosting January 22's National Television Awards, where Ant and Dec are up once again for the Best Entertainer gong, against Holly, Phillip Schofield, Graham Norton and Bradley Walsh.

BGT is up for the Talent Show who will year's Televsion Awards award, while both Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! are in the running for the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award - meaning Ant and Dec have been nominated for FOUR NTAs in total.

That has prompted backlash from some quarters, including from Piers Morgan, who said Ant had been sitting "on his backside all year"so didn't deserve to be nominated.

"No work, walk the dog, get up, and he still gets nominated for the NTA! I mean I love Ant but really?" he ranted on Good Morning Britain.

"Really? You're going to give the award to someone who's not done any work this year! I come in every day. I mean Dec should be getting one this year - solo."

Piers went on: "I was joking about Ant and Dec being nominated for the NTAs when one of them hasn't done any work this year.

"It has happened. They'll win, even though Ant has basically been sat on his backside, walking his dog for the last year."

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Dermot O'Leary who will be hosting this year's National Televsion Awards

Anthony 'Ant' McPartlin and Declan 'Dec' Donnelly, right, with the award for best presenter at the National Television Awards 2018

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