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Dec acknowledges Ant's absence as Saturday Night Takeaway returns

02 April 2018, 12:46 | Colleen Roy

ITVSaturday Night Takeaway Ant Mc Partlin and Dec Donnelly usually present together

Ant Mc Partlin and Dec Donnelly

Declan Donnelly hosted ITV's Saturday Night Takeaway solo for the first time this evening, after his sidekick Ant prepares for court following his drink driving accident.

Saturday Night Takeaway is live from 7pm on ITV.

Dr. Helen Driscoll is a psychologist at Sunderland University and feels for December.

The show - which was cancelled last Saturday - was labelled a success as Dec oversaw an nearly seamless live 90-minute show with his only mishap dropping a carton of popcorn.

Fellow host Ant McPartlin has been charged with drink driving following a traffic collision on Sunday March 18.

He didn't mention Ant by name, but if you thought the show would make its reference and then shy away from its presenter's absence, you'd be wrong.

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

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

He asked Dec if he needed a hand presenting as there was "a little bit of space on the stage", and joked at one point "I don't care what the producers are saying back here, I think you're doing a great job".

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

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".

Dec was supported by his co-stars Scarlett Moffat and Stephen Mulhern, who had expanded roles on tonight's show to help fill the gap left by Ant.

"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.

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. His wife, Ali Astall, also paid tribute to her husband in a rare tweet, writing: "I'm incredibly proud of my husband".

Donnelly will present next week's final episode in Florida.

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