Declan Donnelly to present Saturday Night Takeaway alone

Hours before the live show, the programme's official Twitter account previewed the script which confirmed Dec would be hosting alone.

McPartlin has returned to rehab and pulled out of all TV commitments after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following a three-car crash in south-west London on March 18.

Declan Donnelly thanked fans for their support after he hosted his first ever Saturday Night Takeaway without co-presenter Ant McPartlin.

The presenter will be without Ant McPartlin for the penultimate episode in the series although Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern will be on hand in their regular support roles.

Declan Donnelly - revealed on Twitter that he had been rehearsing solo.

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He will appear in court on April 4. Night y'all. D x'.

Back in studio today preparing your #SaturdayNightTakeaway for tomorrow night.

Dec, 42, who recently confirmed he is going to be a father, will also present next week's final episode in Florida.

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

An insider from the show has revealed to The Sun that explaining the 42-year-old's absence has been the most hard aspect of planning for this week's show.

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Show bosses are said to have decided the two sketches with Joanna Lumley, Emilia Fox and Michael Sheen would be aired as they have been a much-loved part of the series.

"They want to be respectful. while not bringing down the mood of the show".

"Takeaway is all about having fun and they fear a sombre start may seriously effect the quality of the output". "Good luck Dec, we're all behind you".

Another viewer said: "So sad that Ant isn't on Saturday night takeaway but Dec is doing a brilliant job!"

He is expected to feature in a similar fashion in next week's grand finale which is being broadcast live from Orlando, Florida.

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'Just want to say a big congratulations to Dec @antanddec incredible job tonight ant will be so proud of you bro and @ThisisDavina so good to see you on the show tonight x, ' one fan wrote, leading the troops.

  • Ryan Wade