Saturday Night’s Takeaway live show is AXED next weekend as Ant and Dec pre-record the rest of the series - The Sun

Saturday Night’s Takeaway live show is AXED next weekend as Ant and Dec pre-record the rest of the series - The Sun

22 March 2020

SATURDAY Night Takeaway's live show has been AXED next weekend - with Ant and Dec pre-recording the rest of the series.

The pair confirmed the news at the end of tonight's live show, which made history as the first ever without a studio audience.

 Saturday Night Takeaway WON'T be live next week
Saturday Night Takeaway WON'T be live next week

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Ant and Dec have been forced to film next weekend's show in advance for the first time ever.

They previously admitted that they weren't sure if the ITV programme would be back after tonight's show as guidelines surrounding self-isolation and social-distancing constantly change.

But they appear to have found a way around the issue, opting to pre-record so that fans won't have to go without no matter what happens.

After Olly Murs closed tonight's show with a rendition of his hit 'Dance With Me Tonight', Dec told viewers: "We will be back next Saturday at 7pm, we wont be live but we will be here with the finale of Men In Brown!"

 Dec broke the news at the end of tonight's show
Dec broke the news at the end of tonight's show
 The studio was empty apart from crew and the stars this evening
The studio was empty apart from crew and the stars this evening

Men In Brown is one of their ongoing sketches, which sees the presenters try to work out which of their celeb pals is secretly an alien.

Earlier tonight, viewers flocked to social media to heap praise on the Geordie duo for keeping the series going, thanking them for bringing some comic relief amid a difficult few days in the UK.

Ant and Dec were branded "true professionals" for carrying on despite the worsening health crisis, and their prank on Bradley Walsh later in the episode had fans in hysterics.

Speaking yesterday, Ant confessed that the future of Saturday Night Takeaway was up in the air.

He explained: "We wanted to do the show to put a smile on people's faces, we might not be able to do another one.

 The pair had viewers in hysterics with tonight's show
The pair had viewers in hysterics with tonight's show
 Ant and Dec previously confessed they may not be back
Ant and Dec previously confessed they may not be back
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"We don't know, we just want to get on air, have some fun, and hope that you'll all enjoy it too."

However, Dec was quick to reassure fans that they weren't going to go off-air without a fight.

He shared: "For as long as we are allowed, and as long as we are able, we will try to bring you a show."

The Saturday Night Takeaway crew were originally forced to rehearse tonight's show over the internet as they practised social distancing in a bid to avoid spreading coronavirus.

The worsening pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 233 people in the UK, with there almost 4,000 confirmed cases across the country.


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