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.
Fortunately, the show was met with a warm reception from fans, who took to social media to shower Dec with praise:
While viewers were admittedly sad to see Dec alone on stage, with many commenting on Twitter that their hearts went out to him, they did note that he was doing a great job on his own:
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”.
While last week’s ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ was pulled from the schedule, ITV later announced plans for Dec to host the final two episodes of the series, including next week’s live series finale, without Ant at his side.
During his opening monologue in Saturday’s show, Dec briefly touched on Ant’s absence, joking: “We’ve got a lot to cram in, and I’ve got twice as much work to do, so let’s crack on.”
He also made light of the situation later in the show, commenting that he would have to take over the ‘End Of The Show Show’ preparations himself, “like everything else this week”.
Despite Ant’s absence, it was business as usual during this week’s ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’, including the pre-recorded recurring comedy mini-series ‘The Honoured’, a take-off of Davina McCall’s series ‘This Time Next Year’ and, of course, the show’s famous ‘Win The Ads’ quiz segment.