Former Hollyoaks star Jeremy Edwards says his ‘long-term friend’ Ant McPartlin may never return to TV.
In a series of tweets, the actor, who says he’s known Ant and Dec Donnelly for years, suggested that it might be time for Dec to go solo permanantly.
Dec hosted the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway and the Britain’s Got Talent live finals without his presenting partner for the first time this year.
Ant stepped down from his TV responsibilities after he was found to be drink-driving when he was involved in a three-car collision.
The presenter, 42, was charged with drink-driving and handed a record fine of £86,000, and told fans he was taking time away from the limelight to go back to rehab and focus on his recovery.
And now, Jeremy says that it should perhaps be a permanent decision.
Taking to Twitter, the 47-year-old said: "I love Dec on his own, gentle delivery, more grown up.
"Obvs I love Ant but maybe it’s simply time? For both their sakes. @BGT".
The actor, who played Kurt Benson in the Channel 4 soap, added: "I know them both over the years and Dec was always the more confident.
"Both equally lovely but Ant a bit shy."
"I’m just worried Ant has had enough but keeps going for his mate," he continued.
"Dec is obviously v comfortable. I love them both."
Jeremy isn’t the only one who praised Dec’s solo hosting abilities.
As the BGT final came to a close last Saturday night, show boss Simon Cowell took time to tell Dec he’d done a great job.
He said: "I want to say to you, Dec, you have done an outstanding job this week.
"Seriously, thank you."
The other judges applauded as humble Dec looked down to the ground.
Lost Voice Guy was crowned the winner of this series of Britain’s Got Talent.
The Geordie comedian, whose real name is Lee Ridley, is unable to speak due to his cerebral palsy, and uses a computer to communicate his hilarious routine.
Lee, 37, wowed viewers with his act, and won £250,000 and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance.
After being crowned, he said: "I am really grateful for it all. I have been blown away. I am very excited to perform in front of the Queen. I have loved her since she performed Bohemian Rhapsody."
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