Ant supports tearful pal Dec as they say heartbreaking goodbye to Saturday Night Takeaway

Ant and Dec became visibly emotional as they said their final goodbyes on Saturday Night Takeaway after two decades. The Geordie duo have decided to “rest” the show and after a jam-packed episode, they took a moment to get serious.

Explaining how the show was a mix of all the Saturday night TV shows they grew up with, the award winning presenters admitted that they never “in their wildest dreams” imagined the show would last so long.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to have made the show and been part of your Saturday nights for 22 years,” a choked up Ant said. An emotional Dec continued: “When we started this back in 2002 we both thought we’d be lucky if we got to do this for maybe a couple of years.

“So what’s happened has honestly been beyond our wildest dreams, We have truly adored every second of making this show. But there’s one thing we’ve never ever forgotten when making this show.

“And that’s the fact it’s not our show, it’s your show, so we’d like to say a massive thank you to you our incredible audience. Thank you,” Dec said, with his voice cracking. Ant put a hand on his shoulder to steady him before the pair introduced a montage of the show’s most memorable moments.

Following the clips, they were joined on stage by McFly’s Danny Jones and Tom Fletcher, who led the duo in singing a specially rewritten rendition of the band’s hit, All About you.

The emotional send off followed a blockbuster two hour-long show where the pair gave away hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of prizes, including over £250,000 in win the ads.

The popular Sing-Along-Live segment saw Tony Hadley, S Club and the Kaiser Chiefs take to the stage to sing their hits as a hopeful fan sang along hoping to win a “Takeaway Getaway.”

While Spandau Ballet’s Gold and S Club 7’s Reach For the Stars proved no issue for the contestants, the final player stumbled on the lyrics to I Predict a Riot. However, they awarded him the holiday anyway.

Prior to the show, the pair had posted an emotional video to Instagram for their five million followers. “So rehearsals are underway for the last Saturday Night Takeaway,” a forlorn looking Ant said. He then turned to Dec and asked: “You alright there?” “I’m OK. Getting through it,” sighed Dec, looking visibly upset.

“We’re OK. It’s very sad,” Ant said, emotionally. “It’s a weird day isn’t it,” Dec chimed in. “It’s a really weird day. Really weird,” Ant agreed.

“But it’s going to be a great show. A two-hour extravaganza,” he promised, adding, “Fun times, guys. 7 o’clock. See you later.”

A huge variety of celebrities helped the Geordie duo say farewell to the TV institution, including Simon Cowell, Girls Aloud, Amanda Holden and Rylan Clark.

Saturday Night Takeaway is available to watch on ITVX.

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