Man gets Ant & Dec tattoo just hours before show is cancelled

Ant McPartlin To Step Down From Commitments To Seek Further Treatment

The Geordie star took to Twitter to confirm the news after the remaining episodes of the entertainment show were thrown into chaos amid Ant's arrest for suspicion of drink driving on Sunday afternoon.

Dec's dilemma comes as fans are increasingly calling for him to cut his ties from Ant and go it alone as the troubled star continues to spiral out of control.

Who is going to be joining Dec when Saturday Night Takeaway returns?

It's because Ant has stepped down after he was involved in a vehicle crash in London and was arrested on suspicion of drinking alcohol and then driving.

"He has spoken with Dec and ITV today and asked for time off for the foreseeable future".

Declan Donnelly will present Saturday Night Takeaway solo when the show returns on 31st March.

ITV, meanwhile, has said it will be "reviewing options for the last two episodes of the series which would not feature Ant who is taking time off to seek treatment".

Dec added: "Everyone at ITV and the Takwaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series".

Posting the message online, Dec signed off simply: "Dec x".

Others have noted that he may have a hard time, but one Twitter user said they believe he's got the "charisma, personality and professionalism" to present the series without McPartlin.

Speaking on Wednesday's Good Morning Britain, the outspoken host said that it's time that Dec broke the pact with his childhood pal for the sake of his career. Auditions for the upcoming series were already filmed earlier in the year.

On Monday, it was confirmed that McPartlin is taking a leave of absence from his TV work and will go back to rehab, after first being treated past year due to an addiction to painkillers following a knee operation in 2015.

The GMB host said: "I think if Ant was to say publicly, the show must go on, that would be the right thing to do". Given that the duo host three of ITV's biggest programmes in "Takeaway","I'm a Celebrity" and "Britain's Got Talent" this is a decision that can't have been taken lightly.

"You can see what's going through [Dec's] mind".

The star has had a hard year after spending two months in a rehabilitation facility for an addiction to prescription painkillers last summer, following a botched knee operation.

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