Ant McPartlin breaks down on stage at Britain’s Got Talent as he hugs Dec Donnelly

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly returned to the stage in spectacular fashion this afternoon as they reunited for Britain’s Got Talent

Ant was given a standing ovation inside the London Palladium as his telly co-star introduced him to the audience.

“We’ve got a bunch of acts backstage who are eager to get out here and perform for you,” Dec said.

“The judges are back, the buzzers are back… and someone else is back.

My co-host for this series, would you please welcome – Mr Ant McPartlin!”

The crowd got to their feet and cheered as Ant walked on stage and embraced Dec.

“Oh god, I’m really, really emotional now. I’ve missed you all,” he told the crowd.

As for you! I’ve missed you,” he said to Dec while hugging him.

What a lovely welcome. What a great show to come back to. I’m thrilled, I’m over the moon.

“Shall we crack on before I cry?”

Dec took back over to introduce the Britain’s Got Talent judges – Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

Earlier today, Ant and Dec made their reunion official by posting a selfie from the back of their car.