All the references made to Ant McPartlin's absence from Saturday Night Takeaway

Saturday Night Takeaway bosses have 3 options for addressing Ant McPartlin's absence tonight

Bosses are also said to be considering not discussing the matter at all, and get Dec to continue with the show as normal.

The decision was made after Ant McPartlin was charged with drink driving following a collision in south-west London last Wednesday (March 21).

Millions of people spent their soggy Easter Saturday evening tuning into Saturday Night Takeaway, as Declan Donnelly hosted the prime-time juggernaut alone.

Co-presenters Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern took on their regular support roles while McPartlin appeared in the usual opening sequence and as part of the duo's pre-recorded Saturday Knight Takeaway sketch after ITV decided it should be broadcast. Have a great Good Friday!

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

Although officially hosting solo, Dec was offered a helping hand by presenter Davina McCall for a new segment of the show related to McCall's own show, This Time Next Year.

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There's been much speculation over the past few days as to whether Dec will address Ant when he hosts the show alone, as it was reported that "show chiefs have been agonising over whether Dec should apologise for Ant's no-show, ignore the incident or have no mention of Ant at all".

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.

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

The source added that producers are anxious that a "sombre start" will affect the show, as it is all meant to be about having fun. Lisa also liked a tweet by Kate Thornton, which read: "A total masterclass in professionalism tonight from Dec - doing both of you proud @antanddec".

Saturday Night Takeaway will return next weekend for its final episode with Dec hosting solo once again as the production moves to Orlando, Florida, with a plane-load of fans. "Everyone at ITV and the Takeaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series".

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