David Walliams believes Ant and Dec are ‘the closest we have to Morecambe and Wise’

David Walliams claims Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s formidable presenting partnership could last for the next forty years, despite recent off-screen problems putting a strain on their working relationship.

The versatile TV personality has developed a close friendship with the presenters through his judging role on ITV show Britain’s Got Talent, and he believes they have the potential to be the Morecombe and Wise of their generation.

Speaking to The Mirror, Walliams, 47, admits the only celebrity to have enjoy the same consistent, enduring popularity was the late Sir Bruce Forsyth, whose career spanned more than half a century.

Confident: David Walliams claims Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s formidable presenting partnership could last for the next forty years, despite recent off-screen problems putting a strain on their working relationship

Confident: David Walliams claims Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s formidable presenting partnership could last for the next forty years, despite recent off-screen problems putting a strain on their working relationship

Confident: David Walliams claims Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s formidable presenting partnership could last for the next forty years, despite recent off-screen problems putting a strain on their working relationship

‘Bruce was getting on for 70-years in the business,’ he said. ‘It’s quite hard to think that anybody could have that kind of longevity because of the way technology changes, it’s tough.

‘But I think the only people you could imagine having a 60 or 70-year career are Ant and Dec. You can imagine them in 30-years on TV, two old blokes who are still in love.’

The Newcastle-born presenters are regular feature on mainstream TV, amassing multi-million pound fortunes through lucrative presenting roles on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain’s Got Talent and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Pals: The versatile TV personality has developed a close friendship with the presenters through his judging role on ITV show Britain’s Got Talent

Pals: The versatile TV personality has developed a close friendship with the presenters through his judging role on ITV show Britain’s Got Talent

Pals: The versatile TV personality has developed a close friendship with the presenters through his judging role on ITV show Britain’s Got Talent

Popular: The Newcastle-born presenters are regular feature on mainstream TV, amassing multi-million pound fortunes through lucrative presenting roles

Popular: The Newcastle-born presenters are regular feature on mainstream TV, amassing multi-million pound fortunes through lucrative presenting roles

Popular: The Newcastle-born presenters are regular feature on mainstream TV, amassing multi-million pound fortunes through lucrative presenting roles

But their partnership suffered a blow in June 2017 when McPartlin entered residential rehabilitation to overcome drug and alcohol dependency.

The presenter was later arrested after colliding with another vehicle while driving under the influence close to his west London home.

The incident resulted in an £86,000 fine and a temporary suspension from TV, during which he submitted to a second spell in treatment.

High praise: They have a wonderful relationship and true camaraderie, they are the closest we have to Morecambe and Wise,' Walliams said of the pair (pictured while filming Britain's Got Talent in February)

High praise: They have a wonderful relationship and true camaraderie, they are the closest we have to Morecambe and Wise,' Walliams said of the pair (pictured while filming Britain's Got Talent in February)

High praise: They have a wonderful relationship and true camaraderie, they are the closest we have to Morecambe and Wise,’ Walliams said of the pair (pictured while filming Britain’s Got Talent in February) 

Donnelly was left to host the Britain’s Got Talent final alone for the first time, with Holly Willoughby filling McPartlin’s shoes during the 18th series of I’m A Celeb in December. 

McPartlin returned to work for the latest series of Britain’s Got Talent the following month, and Walliams admits his off-screen issues have not affected his mainstream appeal. 

‘When something is successful, there is always a sprinkling of fairy dust, you can’t quite explain what makes it work,’ he added. ‘They make you smile when they come on TV. 

‘They are funny and multi-talented. You can get them to sing, dance, act. They have a wonderful relationship and true camaraderie, they are the closest we have to Morecambe and Wise.’ 

Controversy: Despite his success McPartlin has struggled with a string of personal setbacks, including drug and alcohol addiction, an arrest for drink driving and a subsequent £86,000 fine (pictured, outside court)

Controversy: Despite his success McPartlin has struggled with a string of personal setbacks, including drug and alcohol addiction, an arrest for drink driving and a subsequent £86,000 fine (pictured, outside court)

Controversy: Despite his success McPartlin has struggled with a string of personal setbacks, including drug and alcohol addiction, an arrest for drink driving and a subsequent £86,000 fine (pictured, outside court)

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