ITV Announces Saturday Night Takeaway Replacement
Saturday Night Takeaway has been cancelled for the foreseeable future after Ant McPartlin’s arrest for suspected drink-driving.
The hit ITV show has come to an abrupt hiatus after it was revealed the presenter was heading back to rehab.
It will now air episodes of Through The Keyhole and Take Me Out to vill the void in the schedule.
Fast and Furious 5 will air at 10.15pm after Through The Keyhole and ITV News before handing over to a repeat of Take Me Out at 12.30am.
Ant and Dec’s rep said:
Ant has decided to go back into treatment and step down from his current TV commitments.
He has spoken with Dec and ITV today and asked for time off for the foreseeable future. As such ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ will not be going ahead this Saturday.
Ant McPartlin was arrested Sunday on suspicion of drink-driving after a crash involving two cars reportedly injured a young girl of just three years old.
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The little girl was taken to hospital after the 42-year-old I’m A Celebrity host lost control of his Mini with his mum inside.
Ant reportedly failed a roadside breathalyser test and was taken away in a police car for questioning, according to The Mirror.
His own car, with a distinctive double red stripe, went into a green Mini while his mother and Labrador, called Hurley, was in the car with him.
All three are said to be unhurt.
The little girl was taken to hospital as a precaution and the mother had some minor injuries, witnesses have said.
One witness said Ant seemed furious after crashing and was ‘shouting at his mum who was also in the car’.
Ant’s mother tried to help calm him down while the family in the other car appeared to be pretty shaken up.
Ant’s mum returned to his home in Chiswick, West London, yesterday while a driver picked up the dog Hurley around 8pm this evening.
Hopefully everyone is okay and Ant can continue his rehabilitation after what has been one of the most tumultuous years of his life.