Dec Donnelly addresses Ant's absence from Saturday Night Takeaway

02 April, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Ant Mc Partlin and Dec Donnelly

"We invite you to join us at a live show right in the heart of London as Ant & Dec are joined by special guests and Saturday Night fun!" the show says.

Declan Donnelly is to host Saturday Night Takeaway on his own for the first time in the show's history on Saturday evening as co-host Ant McPartlin takes time away from television, following his arrest for drink-driving.

Ant, meanwhile, has entered rehab after being charged with drink driving following a vehicle crash in London earlier in the month.

He made several veiled references to the absence of Ant, at one point saying following the news had been "unavoidable" in recent weeks, but did not explicitly mention why Ant was missing.

And he waited until the very end of the show to express his heartfelt thanks for the support the audience had given him.

Saturday Night Takeaway is said to have been "plunged into chaos" as producers try to decide how to address Ant McPartlin's absence from the show.

Dec Donnelly
ITVSaturday Night Takeaway Dec Donnelly opened the ITV show alone

Merchant then asked Dec if he needed a hand presenting as there was "a little bit of space on the stage", before the pair exchanged a joke about their height difference.

Following the airing of the pre-recorded sketch which saw Ant and Dec reunited, Merchant said: "That other guy was good, you should do more stuff with him".

The live Saturday night entertainment show will return to TV tonight and the biggest part of the show is the live audience.

Dec confirmed in a statement posted to Twitter on March 21 that he would be hosting this week's show and would also be fulfilling the show's promise to take deserving viewers to Universal Studios in Florida during the Place on the Plane segment for the final show of the series.

Social media was awash with supportive comments from viewers at home who were touched by Dec's "emotional" appearance without his partner - although eagle-eyed fans did notice he was "nervous". "I knew he would be incredible, well done @antanddec!"

He is due to appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on 4 April.


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