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.
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".
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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".
"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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