Ant & Dec fight back tears as they say an emotional goodbye to Saturday Night Takeaway viewers: ‘Been an honour’

Ant & Dec fight back tears as they say an emotional goodbye to Saturday Night Takeaway viewers: ‘Been an honour’

Ant and Dec became emotional during their final show

Lauren Williams

By Lauren Williams

Published: 13/04/2024

- 22:14

Updated: 14/04/2024

- 00:34

The Geordie duo put on a two-hour special to say goodbye to their ITV game show after 20 series

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly became emotional and struggled to hold back their tears as they said goodbye to their Saturday Night Takeaway fans.

Since 2002, the duo have been presenting the ITV show and recorded over 130 episodes, with tonight being their final adventure.

Over the two-hour special, they looked back at all their memories from the shows, joined by famous faces and took part in the final Ant v Dec challenge.

Tonight, Girls Aloud were their guest announcers, and were joined by Simon Cowell, Alison Hammond, Rylan, Craig David, Josie Gibson, Jordan North, Scarlett Moffatt, Andi Peters.

Tony Hadley, S Club, The Kaiser Chiefs and Stephen Mulhern were also amongst their special guests on the spectacular show.

As their time came to an end, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! presenters thanked all their viewers for following them on the journey and sticking with them for 20 series.

Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec waved goodbye to their audiences


Giving their final speech, McPartlin said: “Saturday Night Takeaway is the kind of show Dec and I watched on Saturday night growing up.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to have made the show and have been part of your Saturday nights for 20 years.”

Donnelly became emotional and added: “When we started this back in 2002 we thought we would be lucky if we got to do this for maybe a couple of years.

“So what’s happened has been beyond our wildest dreams. We have truly adored every second of making this show.

Ant and Dec

Dec choked back his tears when addressing their 20 years on the show


“But there is one thing that we have never ever forgotten, and that’s the fact that it's not our show, it’s your show.

“So we’d like to say a massive thank you to you, our incredible audience.”

The pair were soon joined by McFly singers Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones to sing their own version of It’s All About You.

As they came to the end of the song, they picked up the atmosphere and began to belt out Celebration by Koll & The Gang and Pat Boone.

Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec said their emotional goodbye


Donnelly told his audience: “We're not gonna cry because it is over we are gonna be happy because it happened.”

They were joined by all their special guests who followed them around the Television Centre before taking one final bow and walking off the stage.

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