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Saturday Night 'Take a break': Dec to host the show alone

Declan Donnelly Credit: PA

Declan Donnelly has announced he will will host Saturday Night Takeaway alone when the show returns on March 31.

The news comes after his co-host and best-friend Ant McPartlin returned to rehab, ITV has confirmed.

Ant, 42, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in south-west London on Sunday, sparking his decision to go back into treatment and to step down from his current TV commitments.

A spokesman for ITV said on Wednesday:

We can confirm that Saturday Night Takeaway, presented by Declan Donnelly, will return to ITV on March 31, and the series finale will be taking place at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida a week later."

– ITV Spokesperson
The Geordie duo have co-hosted the show since 2002 Credit: ITV Studios

Declan Donnelly wrote on his and McPartlin's shared Twitter account:

Whilst I never thought I'd be in this position, after much discussion and careful consideration we've decided that the remaining two shows of this series of Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead.

We made a promise to take hundreds of deserving winners to Florida to watch the series finale, and we will honour that.

Everyone at ITV and the Takeaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series."

– Declan Donnelly

Meanwhile, Ant McPartlin has been interviewed by police, following his arrest on suspicion of drink-driving.

The star, 42, who was pictured outside Kingston police station, was released under investigation.

"A 42-year-old man attended a west London police station today and was interviewed under caution. He's been further released under investigation."

– A Metropolitan Police spokesman