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​Ant McPartlin's Arrest May Affect 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Line-Up

Jess Hardiman

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​Ant McPartlin's Arrest May Affect 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Line-Up

Following Ant McPartlin's arrest on suspicion of drink driving, fans have been left concerned about the outcome of his current projects with co-host Dec, including Saturday Night Takeaway.

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McPartlin was arrested after he was involved in a crash yesterday afternoon. The Sun reports that he allegedly hit two cars in his black Mini sports car as he and his mum headed home after a walk with their dogs.

While McPartlin has reportedly now been released from police custody and has been pictured arriving home, fans have been left wondering what his arrest may mean for Saturday Night Takeaway and his other television gigs.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

One wrote on social media: "Why do I fear that next week it could just be Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway with no Ant or the end of series Florida trip could be cancelled after today's events?"

Another tweeted: "Does this mean Saturday night takeaway will be cancelled #antmcparlin"

Another fan said: "If Saturday Night Takeaway is cancelled I will hit the roof."

However, according to the Mirror, the show may not be cancelled, and instead may see a stand-in take over for McPartlin alongside his co-host Declan Donnelly.

The newspaper says that the most likely replacement looks to be Scarlett Moffatt, who has already proven her presenting credentials with I'm A Celebrity spin-off Extra Camp.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

She has also already shown strong on-screen work with Dec, having been a roving reporter for Saturday Night Takeaway, having previously referred to her involvement in the show as an 'absolute dream'.

"I've watched Saturday Night Takeaway with my family for as long as I can remember, I'm such a huge fan, so to be part of one of the biggest entertainment shows out there, with two of my all-time TV heroes Ant and Dec, is an absolute dream," Moffatt said in a statement at the time of joining the show, back in January 2017.

The Mirror also says that This Morning host Holly Willoughby could be another viable stand-in, along with Love Island's Caroline Flack and Celebrity Juice star Leigh Francis, aka Keith Lemon.

Holly Willoughby. Credit: PA
Holly Willoughby. Credit: PA

The arrest that took place yesterday comes after McPartlin's stint in rehab last year after admitting that he had problems with drink and drug addiction.

But he made a triumphant return to I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in November, where the show even made several scripted digs at his experience with rehab.

Upon arriving in Australia for the series, the presenter revealed he was excited to get back to business.

He said in The Sun: "I'm excited to be back, I can't wait. It's going to be a good show. I'm feeling great. The flight was all right, I had a lot of sleep and me and Dec had a good catch-up."

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Topics: uk tv, UK News, News, Ant McPartlin, saturday night takeaway, UK Entertainment, Ant and Dec

Jess Hardiman
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