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Dec to 'address Ant's absence' in Saturday Night Takeaway opening

02 April 2018, 12:48 | Simon Arnold

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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.

Throughout the programme Dec was supported by Davina McCall, Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern, with the star addressing Ant's absence at the beginning of the show.

Speaking about going it alone, Dec said in a statement: "Whilst I never thought I'd be in this position, after much discussion and careful consideration we've decided that the remaining two shows of this series of "Saturday Night Takeaway" will go ahead".

Saturday Night Takeaway
Scarlett Moffatt in the Saturday Night Takeaway finale trailer. Pic ITV

He thanked the audience for giving him a "very, very warm welcome" after an extended standing ovation and he joked with guest Stephen Merchant, the comedian, who asked if he needed a hand presenting as there was "a little bit of space on the stage". He appeared in the opening titles and also in the continuation of pre-recorded sketch Saturday Knight Takeaway which also starred Joanna Lumley in her regular role.

"Its weird to see only Dec's name but anyways All the best Dear Dec. Ant we will miss you.Get well soon Dear".

Once he was in his stride - and perhaps had caught a glimpse of the avalanche of love coming his way on social media - Dec well and truly smashed it.


O'Leary wrote on Twitter that Dec had "nailed it" - a call echoed by a number of other broadcasters including Rylan Clark and Gok Wan.

Hundreds of viewers agreed saying he had done Ant "proud".

"I've got twice the amount of work to do, so we're going to crack on", Dec said, before moving on quickly to explain what tonight's show has in store. "I knew he would be incredible, well done @antanddec!" "Here's hoping that he will do as great a job at Florida next week".


This was Ant McPartlin's only appearance on Saturday Night Takeaway as he skipped the bulk of the show following his drink-driving charge.




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