Ant and Dec hint Saturday Night Takeaway will not return because of coronavirus

Television favourites Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have hinted Saturday Night Takeaway won't return next week owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Amid the global health crisis, the Geordie duo were on TV last night to provide some light relief to vierwers.

There were some subtle changes with the usual format with the presenters making a point to use hand sanitiser before high fiving the studio audience as usual.

Then at the end of the show, Ant cast down on whether the show would air at all next week as they said their goodbyes.

"We will hopefully be back here next Saturday night at 7pm," he said.

The pair then added: "Have a great week – stay safe, everybody."

Plans to film the Saturday Night Takewaway finale in Florida in May have already been abandoned due to the ongoing world health crisis.

A huge number of productions, events, and mass gatherings have already been cancelled worldwide.

In last night's show Ant and Dec joked about cleaning their hands and also did a 'foot-shake' as a precautionary measure.

Before the show, they tweeted from their official Instagram account and promised to try and cheer the nation up with last night's instalment and said they would stay on the air for as long as they were allowed to.

Ant and Dec tweeted: "On our way in to prepare your Saturday Night Takeaway for tonight.

"We're business as usual and will be for as long as we are able and allowed.

"We'll do our best to bring you a few smiles. See you on the telly!"

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The pair certainly put on an entertaining show for their fans, with them setting out to prank Bradley Walsh once again, years on from their memorable first elaborate joke.

The current number of confirmed coronavirus patients in the UK is currently at 1,140.

As of 14 March, a total of 37,746 people have been tested with 36,606 tested being negative and 1,140 being positive, the Department of Health and Social Care said yesterday.

England's Chief Medical Officer also confirmed that 10 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in England have sadly died – bringing the UK death toll to 21.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is currently set to return on ITV on Saturday at 7pm.

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