Ant admitted he's 'ashamed' before pleading guilty to drink-driving

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ANT McPartlin has pleaded guilty to drink-driving less than a month after a road collision which injured a four-year-old girl.

She fined McPartlin £86,000, believed to be the largest drink-driving ban of all time, and a 20 month driving ban.

McPartlin was breathalysed at the scene and found to have 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The TV favourite will also be absent from presenting the Britain's Got Talent live semi-finals next month, leaving Dec to host alone once again.

"I let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry". I am ashamed and mortified that this happened.

The 42-year-old, wearing a black suit and white shirt, faced a scrum of photographers and reporters as he walked up the steps at the main entrance to the court building in south-west London, which was guarded by seven police officers.

"I accept full culpability for this and wish to apologise to all those concerned".

Meanwhile, a witness statement from a driver of one of the two cars involved in the collision with McPartlin said that he and his wife "could have died as a result of Mr McPartlin's reckless driving".

"He is sorry, but not sorry because he is here".

"Mr McPartlin is lucky to have both family and long-time friends to support him", he added.

"This incident happened, sadly, when it seems you suffered a brief relapse".

According to BBC News, the star's statement to the court acknowledged he had let himself and many others down.

Meanwhile there are other repercussions of being charged of drink driving, in that your auto insurance costs will increase significantly; if you drive for work, your employer will see your conviction on your licence; you will have points on your licence; you may also have trouble travelling to countries like the USA.

A vehicle crash was caught live on television as a BBC crew reported from outside Ant McPartlin's court hearing into his drink-drive collision.

Ant has stepped away from all of his television roles since the accident in March, however, prerecorded episodes of Britain's Got Talent that Ant featured in will air as planned.

After Ant was charged with drink-driving, ITV announced that his co-presenter Dec Donnelly would go on to present the end of the current series of Saturday Night Takeaway on his own.

But ITV has confirmed Donnelly will be hosting the live shows without his TV partner of nearly 30 years.