Declan Donnelly asks audience to give applause to Ant McPartlin following Saturday Night Takeaway Orlando finale

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    Declan Donnelly gave a private message to the audience at the Saturday Night Takeaway Orlando finale after the show finished.

    Declan Donnelly presented the finale of Saturday Night Takeaway live from Universal Orlando Resort in Florida this evening, that featured super-sized audience surprises, incredible stunts and celebrity guests.

    Closing the spectacular live show from Universal Studios, Dec Donnelly thanked viewers at home for their support throughout the series – But failed to mention anything about Ant McPartlin on the show.

    Dec said: “That it is from Florida and from the entire series.

    “Thank you to all who made it tonight, all of our guests: Stephen Mulhern, Scarlett Moffatt, The Rembrandts, Jason Derulo, Mark Wright, Craig David and Denise Richards.”

    He added: “Thanks to all of you for watching and thank you for all the love and support during the series – goodnight everybody.”

    Ant hasn’t appeared on the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway since he was arrested and subsequently charged for a drink-driving offence.

    Although there was much anticipation that Dec would briefly mention Ant during the last two shows but he failed to do so – Until Saturday Night Takeaway concluded.

    Declan has since broken his silence regarding Ant and after the Orlando finale concluded on ITV he asked the live audience to give applause to his troubled co-host.

    “Thanks for being with us for the whole series,” Dec told the audience after the cameras stopped rolling, “Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

    “Everybody who came down to be in the audience, thanks for coming.”

    “It’s been a fun series, as we get to the end here…” Dec then started to stumble over his words as he approached the topic of Ant.

    “It’s tinged with sadness., would you give one round of applause for Ant who is back at home?” The audience then goes crazy, and Dec adds: “Thank you so much, I know he will appreciate that a great, great deal.”

    The future of Saturday Night Takeaway hasn’t been confirmed by ITV, but it has been said Dec will be hosting Britain’s Got Talent live shows alone, without Ant.

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