Ant and Dec reveal they ‘took a step back’ to mend friendship after Ant’s drink-driving scandal

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Ant and Dec have revealed they took time out to mend their friendship after Ant’s drink-drive scandal.

Dec, 44, admitted he felt “career uncertainty” when pal Ant, also 44, checked into rehab in 2018.

Presenter Dec also admitted he didn’t know if their iconic partnership would ever be the same again.

Dec, 44, told a FANE podcast: “Because there was so much uncertainty with our career and partnership, we had to really step back and take stock of it all…

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

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

Dec added: “It’s a really lovely time in our lives and in our professional career.”

Now the pair are back on track, they say they will never take their friendship or career for granted again.

Dec’s loyalty to his TV bestie At was proven when he was adamant that he wouldn’t present I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with another male.

In their new book Once Upon A Tyne, Dec wrote: “The year that Holly stepped in, it was very strange for me to host a TV show with anyone but Ant.

“Right from the very beginning there was no way I was going to host the show with another male.

“I didn't want to have another man standing on the same side Ant stood.”

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In the book, Dec also revealed he almost quit showbiz to become a priest at age 11.

Reflecting on the experience, Dec wrote: “After that crushing rejection, I made a momentous decision: that was it – I was going to retire from acting. I was eleven.”

The Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! host then recalled how he considered potentially becoming a priest like his brother Dermott.

He wrote: “Later on, when I was about fourteen, I did briefly consider following in his footsteps, and the footsteps of my Godfather, Father O'Connell, and becoming a priest."

That thought was short-lived though as he continued: “Then I got the bus home from school one day and it was full of lasses from the local girls' school, Sacred Heart.

“I knew right there and then that the priesthood wasn't for me.”

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