White was defeated in qualifying for this year's edition of the World Championship and the loss meant he was set to be knocked off the tour.
However speaking at the launch event for this year's competition Hearn announced that both White and Doherty would be given cards in order to allow them to compete on the tour for the next two years.
"I couldn't think of a stage that was more appropriate bearing in mind the history in this room today to announce World Snooker's decision today to grant two invitational tour cards for the next two years to two players - multiple ranking winners in their own right but great ambassadors for the sport of snooker.
"So we welcome back for the next two years minimum, Jimmy White and Ken Doherty."
Later on in the evening White said "I haven't won the World Championship, but I'm not finished yet.
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