Saturday Night Takeaway fans 'gutted' as Ant and Dec announce break from show

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Saturday Night Takeaway is taking a break. (ITV)

Ant and Dec have left fans “gutted” after announcing that Saturday Night Takeaway is coming to an end for now.

The presenters posted a video on Instagram saying that they would take a "breather" after the 2024 series of the show.

The next season is a milestone for the ITV programme as it is the 20th series, and the duo told The Sun it seemed like the "perfect time to pause for a little while and catch our breath”.

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The Instagram announcement opened with Ant saying the 2024 series would include some “special look backs” and new items to mark the show’s big anniversary.

Dec then chimed in: “We’ve also decided that our 20th series next year will be our last one for a little while.

“The show takes up such a lot of our year. We just feel we need a little bit of a breather and that the show is going to take a little bit of a rest.”

Fans admitted they were “heartbroken” to hear the “happiest show on TV” was wrapping up for now.

One posted on Instagram: “Noooooooo this show is my Sat night! Don’t rest it too long.”

“NO!!!! Now what am I gonna do with my life?!!!” said another.

London, UK. 14th May, 2023. Ant and Dec attending the Bafta Television Awards 2023, at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Picture date: Sunday May 14, 2023. Photo credit should read Credit: Matt Crossick/Alamy Live News
Saturday Night Takeaway started in 2002. (Alamy Live News)

One viewer posted: “I just fell down the stairs reading this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so gutted!!!!”

“Tragic news!” exclaimed another, as somebody else wrote: “What? I am devastated, close to tears.”

“What will I do with my Saturdays nights after 2024?” wondered another fan.

“Excited for the 20th series but gutted it will take a break after that,” said someone else.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV)
The presenters on Saturday Night Takeaway. (ITV)

"Nooo can’t cope with it not being on!" said another.

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Saturday Night Takeaway started in 2002.

The show previously took a break in 2009, returning in 2013.

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