Dec reveals he’s going to be a dad for the first time

Declan Donnelly has announced that he and his wife Ali Astall are to become parents for the first time.

The presenter confirmed the news on Twitter after a report appeared in The Sun on Sunday.

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Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages. The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child. Thanks for all the love, we really appreciate it ❤️ D x pic.twitter.com/g7mZrWLYs4

— antanddec (@antanddec) March 25, 2018

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He said the couple were “delighted” but “the news had sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped”.

Donnelly is currently preparing to host ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway solo, after his co-presenter Ant McPartlin was charged with drink driving.

He will appear in court after being charged with drink driving on 4 April.

In a statement regarding the remaining episodes of Takeaway, 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.”

Meanwhile Dec posted a message about taking the stage without his lifelong presenting partner.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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Ant and Dec: Suzuki ends advertising campaign after drink-drive charge

Suzuki has axed TV adverts featuring Ant and Dec after Ant McPartlin was charged with drink driving.

The car firm will still sponsor the last two episodes of the series of ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway, but the duo will not appear in its commercials.

“No further material featuring the duo will be aired and Suzuki’s endorsement deal with the pair has come to an end,” the company said in a statement.

Mr McPartlin was charged following a collision in London on Sunday.

After his arrest, his publicist said he would be taking time off from his TV commitments “for the foreseeable future” and would seek further treatment.

This weekend’s edition of Saturday Night Takeaway has been cancelled as a result.

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    The Suzuki statement said: “We agree with ITV and Ant & Dec that it was the correct decision not to broadcast Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend.

    “As a car brand, we recognise the seriousness of Ant’s charge. We completely support Ant’s decision to seek treatment.

    “Suzuki will however continue to sponsor the last two episodes of this series of Saturday Night Takeaway with our current idents.

    “Suzuki very much supports Dec and ITV’s decision to broadcast the shows and as headline sponsors we also want to support the competition winners who have won places on the plane to Florida for the series finale.”

    The final two episodes of the programme, which will air on 31 March and 7 April, will now be presented solo by Declan Donnelly.

    The finale is due to be broadcast live from Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, with 200 fans of the show flying out in a specially-chartered plane.

    Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which features stunts, sketches and celebrity guests, is presented and produced by the duo. It has won three Baftas, and the pair also won three prizes at this year’s National Television Awards.

    Suzuki’s deal with Ant and Dec saw it sponsor Saturday Night Takeaway, and Takeaway’s production teams and writers also produced ads featuring the duo for Suzuki.

    The two-year deal was signed in December 2015 and was worth an estimated £20m, according to trade publication Campaign.

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