Ant without Dec is like bread without butter, coffee without cream, yin without yang… ok you get the point. But can you really imagine one without the other? Well, you’re going to have to now.
The British media exploded this week after Ant was involved in a collision with two other cars in London on Sunday afternoon.
A child, believed to be a three-year-old girl, was taken to hospital for precaution and others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
When the story first broke, most people were just shocked that Ant was involved, never expecting he would be later found to have had alcohol in his system during the incident.
Unfortunately, the ITV star did and was later arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. In fact, as I write this, it’s being announced he has been charged for the offence.
So not a great time if you’re Ant… or Dec. Fans of the Geordie duo were concerned Ant wouldn’t be out of his first bout of rehab last summer in time for presenting I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here.
But ITV never had to face the possibility of Ant without Dec for too long as he not only returned in time for the hit reality show, but seemed his cheeky chappy self and even made the odd few puns about his time away getting help.
However, ITV has been under immense pressure to make a decision around this PR nightmare. With Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway currently on our screens, the TV channel has been forced to turn the speculations of ‘will one ever present without the other’, into a reality.
Quick off the back of Ant’s crash, arrest and now charge, ITV has given the green light for Dec to present the show solo. Given such a tough decision, I have to applaud ITV for making a swift move to make sure the show goes ahead smoothly, even if it is just Dec.
The live series finale in Orlando, Florida is due to go ahead in two weeks, as the TV channel commits to giving 200 hand-picked lucky fans ‘a trip of a lifetime’.
No company wants to have its USP tainted, especially when the USP are two people that come as one package! So you have to respect their difficult decision to push on without Ant.
I personally don’t watch Saturday Night Takeaway, but I might tune in this week to see how it unfolds. Awkward and unnatural I imagine, but this is show business and as ITV boldly proclaimed this week, the show must go on…