Saturday Night Takeaway Bosses 'Panicking Over How To Address Ant McPartlin's Absence'

Saturday Night Takeaway Bosses 'Panicking Over How To Address Ant McPartlin's Absence'

Ant still popped up in the opening titles, but Dec did not directly mention his missing on-screen partner.

Show regulars Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern will also take on greater presenting roles.

Taking to Twitter, Dec wrote: 'Thanks for all your lovely messages tonight, they are VERY much appreciated, I'm glad you enjoyed the show.

Dec also thanked fans for their support in the closing moments of the show, where he looked visibly exhausted after having been spun upside down with Paloma Faith.

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"We've got a jam-packed show this evening, and I've got twice the amount of work to do".

Presenting the show on his own for the first time in his history, Dec was given a rapturous welcome by the studio audience who he high-fived on his way to the stage.

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.

Dermot O'Leary, Piers Morgan, and Susanna Reid were among those lauding the Geordie presenter, who was without his usual sidekick Ant McPartlin.

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During the show, which aired live on Saturday (31 March), Dec only briefly touched on Ant's absence, making light of the situation a few times during the show.

He was right. Dec did do a remarkably good job of holding the format together for its 90-minute broadcast.

Following his arrest for drink-driving earlier this month, Ant McPartlin's spokesperson confirmed that he would be stepping down from all his presenting commitments "for the foreseeable future".

The presenter will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on April 4.

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"We'll all going to miss Ant, I don't know what's going to happen, but the show must go on".

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