Ant and Dec say there "might not be another" Saturday Night Takeaway this series over coronavirus fears

Sam Warner
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From Digital Spy

Ant and Dec have admitted that Saturday Night Takeaway could go off air this series amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

The pair's show is set to go without an audience for the first time ever tomorrow night (March 21), but the duo explained they will only keep going "as long as [they] are able" to.

Appearing on today's (March 20) This Morning, co-host Eamonn Holmes suggested that they could ironically get their biggest audience ever as the majority of the country stays at home on Saturday night.

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"We wanted to do the show to put a smile on people's faces, we might not be able to do another one," Ant said.

"We don't know, we just want to get on air, have some fun, and hope that you'll all enjoy it too."

Dec added: "For as long as we are allowed, and as long as we are able, we will try to bring you a show, try and put a smile on your face."

In the interview, they also confirmed that Olly Murs would now perform on this weekend's episode, replacing Tom Jones who was previously scheduled to play.

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Earlier this week, Ant and Dec updated fans as they prepared to go without a studio audience for the first time.

"We'll massively miss our studio audience but the show will go on this weekend," they wrote on social media. "Stay safe everyone, we’ll see you on the telly this Saturday."

A spokesperson for ITV previously said: "Our priority is safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved. The show will be made with a reduced production crew and in accordance with the latest guidance from Public Health England."

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returns this weekend (March 21) on ITV at 7pm.

The information in this story is accurate as of the publication date. While we are attempting to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to develop rapidly, so it's possible that some information and recommendations may have changed since publishing. For any concerns and latest advice, visit the World Health Organisation. If you're in the UK, the National Health Service can also provide useful information and support, while US users can contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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