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Image Ant and Dec are reuniting for the next series of Britain's Got Talent

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, (left) were pictured back to work together for the first time in nearly a year on Friday.

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

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The presenters, both 43, who have been best friends since they were 13 and have been presenting together for 22 years, shared a joint snap from their auto (inset) while on their way to film the new series of Britain's Got Talent in London.

Although Ant and Dec have returned to the stage for the auditions, they won't be seen on TV together until it airs over the summer. So on behalf of all of us, welcome back, we're family.

It is Ant McPartlin's first day on the job since his arrest and conviction for drink driving last spring, after which he took time off to go to rehab.

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The Geordie duo posted a selfie taken together in the auto on the way to the ITV show's auditions, writing on Instagram: "Audition day 1. The boys are back in town".

He wrote: "Back together".

One person took to Twitter to say, "Nice to have you back Ant. Dec is great and all that but we all know you're the amusing one".

After arriving at the back entrance of the theatre in an SUV they greeted fans, but did not answer questions from the media.

He was driving while more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.

Instead, This Morning Presenter, Holly Willoughby, temporarily stepped into his role, leaving co-host Philliip Schofield in the United Kingdom to work with ex-Saturdays star Rochelle Humes.

Ant, who divorced wife Lisa last year, previously struggled with a two-year addiction to super-strength painkillers following a knee operation.

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