Declan Donnelly has been praised by fans after he triumphantly hosted Saturday Night Takeaway without his sidekick Ant McPartlin.
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.
Emotional fans took to Twitter to praise the 42-year-old, as he returned to the ITV stage alone on Saturday.
One viewer said: “Dec has smashed tonight’s #SaturdayNightTakeaway. I knew he would be incredible, well done @antanddec!”
Another viewer said: “So sad that Ant isn’t on Saturday night takeaway but Dec is doing a brilliant job! #SaturdayNightTakeaway”
— Ant and Dec OBE (@Team_AntandDec) March 31, 2018
So sad that Ant isn't on Saturday night takeaway 😭 but Dec is doing a brilliant job! #SaturdayNightTakeaway
— ✴️PrincessAnna✴ (@BlackDeathKitty) March 31, 2018
Well done Dec must have been the hardest thing to get up for 90 minutes on your own you did a brilliant job #SaturdayNightTakeaway
— Lesley Gibson (@lgibbo07) March 31, 2018
— Chloe Nightingale (@__Chloe_N) March 31, 2018
Ok, so I haven’t tweeted since 2015 but this deserves a tweet!#SaturdayNightTakeAway – Dec absolutely smashed it, so many emotions right now 😢❤️ I think you’ve made the whole country proud! @antanddec wishing Ant the speediest of recovery’s and again amazing job Dec 👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/zKcHZQBGnh
— Jennifer Slade (@Jeennnifer) March 31, 2018
Huuggee shout out to @antanddec and their brilliant brilliant team @itvtakeaway @ITV and all of #SaturdayNightTakeaway @ScarlettMoffatt @StephenMulhern ;Thnks 2 @London_Studios and Dec in his own way took our hearts again. Waiting for next year to see both #antanddec in studio.
— SharikA (@_MeSharika_) March 31, 2018
Ant has checked himself back into rehab following his drink-driving charge, he is set to appear in court on April 4.
Dec joked at the start of tonight’s show saying: “We have got a jam-packed show, this week we have lots to cram in and twice the amount of work to do”.
Tonight’s Saturday Night Takeaway featured Stephen Merchant on duty as the Star Guest Announcer, and Stephen Mulhern took to the streets of Warrington for In for a Penny.
Paloma Faith closed the show in the End of the Show Show and the Script made an appearance for Singalong Live.
Next weekend’s Takeaway will be live from Universal Studios Orlando for the series finale.