Dec to present Saturday Night Takeaway by himself

24 March, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Norman Carr
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DEC GOES SOLO Why has Saturday Night Takeaway been cancelled this week?

Dec will host alone after Ant was arrested over a suspected drink-drive crash on Sunday.

Declan Donnelly will host Saturday Night Takeaway without his partner Ant McPartlin when the show returns on 31 March.

"Ant has chose to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments", stated his publicist.

He added: "Ant would have to say, I've [let] him to do that, say break the pact [and go ahead without me]".

McPartlin's publicist confirmed the troubled star has chose to "go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments".

The much-loved TV duo will be a member down in the final two shows of ITV's Saturday Night Takeaway which are scheduled for 31 March and 7 April.

"We made a promise to take hundreds of deserving winners to Florida to watch the series finale, and we will honour that".

ITV said in a statement: "ITV has taken a joint decision with Ant and Dec's team not to broadcast Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend".

Saturday Night Takeaway
Ant and Dec

Meanwhile Dec took to Twitter to post the following heartfelt message to fans.

After a two-month stint to address his demons, Ant managed to go on to host last year's series of I'm A Celebrity.

After meeting as teenagers on the set of children's drama "Byker Grove", the duo have progressed through the world of pop as PJ and Duncan, into children's presenting with SMTV and have now reached the heights where it seems that whatever they touch turns to gold.

Ant only got out of rehab recently, but will once again be taking time off for "the foreseeable future", according to his publicist, in an effort to deal with his battle with prescription pills.

The news comes after Piers Morgan urged Dec to continue without his pal for the sake of his own career.

He has also stepped down from all his upcoming work projects, including his hosting stints on I'm A Celeb and Britain's Got Talent.

McPartlin was in rehab past year after struggling with an addiction to painkillers following a 2015 knee operation.

On Monday, it was confirmed that McPartlin is taking a leave of absence from his TV work and will go back to rehab, after first being treated previous year due to an addiction to painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.

"I think that would be the right thing to do and Dec should carry on with somebody else if necessary".


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