Declan Donelly introduced the finale of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Evening Takeaway and whereas the present went down properly with its viewers his off-air message to presenting associate Ant McPartlin didn’t go down significantly properly.

The query of whether or not Ant or Dec may host a present with out one or the opposite has at all times been a curious one, and whereas Dec was in a position to pull it off final evening it was below probably the most unlucky circumstances.

Nevertheless on the earth of present enterprise ‘the present should go on’ and it most actually did as Donelly introduced the present alongside Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern reside from Orlando, Florida.

It was an emotional closing episode as Dec’s different half, Ant, is at present in rehab, however regardless of his absence it nonetheless went down properly with audiences. Customers on Twitter praised the three for ‘a unbelievable present’ and doing ‘a tremendous job’.

Sadly, there was a serious hiccup as quickly because the cameras went off the air. As Dec was thanking his viewers he informed the group despite the fact that it had ‘been a enjoyable sequence. It’s been tinged with unhappiness’, a reference to his absent co-host and finest good friend.

It was on this second an viewers member shouted out ‘We miss Ant’ and Dec responded ‘Sure, we do. Give a spherical of applause to Ant who’s again dwelling’. His shout out/tribute to his good friend did not go unnoticed and shortly caught wind on social media who criticised him for applauding Ant regardless of his current consuming driving incident.

Final month Ant McPartlin was concerned in a drink driving incident when he misplaced management of his Mini, together with his mum and Labrador, Hurely, as passengers. His automobile collided with right into a maroon BMW which had a person and spouse, and their three-year-old daughter, who was taken to a close-by hospital as a precaution.

In accordance with The Mirror, Ant reportedly failed a roadside breathalyser take a look at and was taken away in a police automobile for questioning.

One witness who was on the scene of the accident mentioned Ant appeared livid after crashing and was ‘shouting at his mum who was additionally within the automobile’. She tried to assist calm him down whereas the household within the different automobile gave the impression to be fairly shaken up.


The crash occurred in Mortlake, South West London and a Scotland Yard spokesperson mentioned:

Police in Richmond have been known as to Decrease Richmond Street at 15.59hrs following reviews of a street site visitors collision involving three automobiles.

Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Hearth Brigade attended.

Quite a lot of people have been handled on the scene for minor accidents solely. A baby passenger from one of many automobiles has been taken to hospital for a examine up as a precaution.

A 42-year-old man was arrested on the scene on suspicion of drink-driving after failing a roadside breathalyser take a look at.

He has been taken to a south London police station for questioning.


Following the incident, ITV executives held disaster talks over the longer term profession of the household favorite.

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