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

Missing Ant who is worth an estimated £63 million will still be in treatment when filming resumes for the forthcoming series of Britain’s Got Talent resulting in a huge loss of earnings

ANT McPartlin's estranged wife Lisa Armstrong has shown her support for Declan Donnelly after he hosted Saturday Night Takeaway alone for the first time.

He joked that he had to do double the work after Ant stepped down from future TV commitments.

This was a big deal, as all telly lovers know - the first time he has presented a show without his co-star and best friend Ant McPartlin.

'I didn't sleep an very bad lot last night so I'm off to bed! 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. 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.

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The show also featured an appearance by Stephen Merchant as guest announcer, who congratulated Dec on his baby news after it was revealed his wife Ali is expecting their first child.

It's also thought that Dec will make "a lower key entrance than usual" when he takes to the stage as the Geordie duo usually open the show to much fanfare, running through the studio audience as a live band plays.

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".

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Returning to the studio after the End of the Show Show, he said: "That's just about it for tonight's show".

"@SamdySonxxxxx posted: "@antanddec @itvtakeaway Dec you did yourself & Ant proud, it was a fabulous but emotional show, keep smiling. looking forward to next week".

Dec was praised by fans as he moved them to tears with his bravery for hosting the show without Ant, who cancelled all his TV work after checking into rehab after his drink-drive charge.

He will appear in court on April 4.

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