ANT McPartlin’s drink-drive shame cost him at least £1.6 in lost earnings before his return to Britain’s Got Talent this weekend. His t
ANT McPartlin’s drink-drive shame cost him at least £1.6 in lost earnings before his return to Britain’s Got Talent this weekend.
His telly sidekick Declan Donnelly soldiered on alone and banked £4.7 million last year, according to his accounts.
Drink-drive shamed Ant still managed to earn around £3.1 million last year despite taking himself out of the public eye and having a stint in rehab.
But new figures filed to Companies House reveal Dec’s bottom line was much bigger as he carried on and booked Holly Willoughby to co-host hit show I’m a Celebrity in his mate’s absence.
The pals have a host of joint and separate firms to handle their cash, but Declan’s Deecourt Ltd outfit handles the bulk of his personal income from TV work.
Books filed to Companies House over the weekend show that it now has cash and assets worth a staggering £22.2 million – up from £17.5 in 2017.
Meanwhile, Ant’s Teecourt Ltd firm filed its books late last week and showed he’d earned £3 million in 2018.
In previous years they have filed virtually identical figures.
Dec revealed at the weekend how badly Ant’s boozed-up car crash had strained their 30-year friendship.
The 43-year-old said: “It felt like a nightmare, that there’d been a mistake. ‘Of course he didn’t do that.’”
But the following day in an emotional chat, Ant told him it was all true.
Dec said: “We had a heart-to-heart. I said, ‘Look, forget everything – TV, the partnership – you’ve just got to go and get well.’
“I think I said I’d give everything up if he could just be happy again.”
He revealed he did question his best mate though, adding: “[I thought] How could he do that? I wanted to punch him and hug him at the same time – and I didn’t know which one I wanted to do first.”
The toll of the arrest and subsequent conviction put a strain on their friendship and their future career, and they have now admitted that they “considered splitting up”.
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Ant admitted in an interview: “For the first time in many years, all we talked about were deep things like how we felt, and what the future held, and where we were, and all the chaos that has come along, especially for me.”
Ant, also 43, was ordered to pay £86,000 in fines and got a 20-month driving ban after he crashed into two cars while under the influence.
After the incident, Ant took a step back from the spotlight so that he could work on his drink and drug addictions.
The Sun Online has contacted Ant’s representative for comment.
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