Saturday Night Takeaway has unveiled the line up for its next episode – but when is it back on TV?
It was previously confirmed that Dec will front next weekend’s show without Ant, who last week was charged with drink-driving.
Saturday Night Takeaway’s latest episode was cancelled last Saturday, with Ant leaving the show for the rest of the series.
A spokesperson for Ant said: “Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments. He’s spoken with Dec and ITV and asked for time off for the foreseeable future. ”
It was confirmed last Wednesday that the final two episodes will go ahead without Ant.
Dec will be joined by regular co-stars Stephen Mulhern and Scarlett Moffatt from next Saturday, March 31 from 7PM.
Stephen Merchant will appear as the weekly Guest Announcer while Paloma Faith will be performing in the End Of The Show Show.
Plus, The Script will be taking part in Singalong Live.
Dec said: “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. Dec x.”
Meanwhile, Cat Deeley has been rumoured to lend a helping hand for the series finale on April 7.
Cat fronted SMTV with Ant and Dec and joined the Geordie duo for the series final of Takeaway last year.
A source told the Daily Star: “Cat can bring the feel good nostalgia that producers desperately need right now.
“She had brilliant on-screen chemistry with Ant and Dec for more than five years and would fit in perfectly.”
In a statement, ITV said: “ITV can confirm that Saturday Night Takeaway, presented by Declan Donnelly, will return on March 31, and the series finale will be taking place at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida a week later.”