UPDATE: ITV says “Saturday Night Takeaway” will not go out this weekend, but will return Mar. 31 with co-host Declan Donnelly. The series finale will take place a week later at Universal Orlando Resort, Florida.
ITV has decided to cancel the upcoming episode of entertainment series “Saturday Night Takeaway” after one of its hosts, Ant McPartlin, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. It will return a week later without McPartlin, and the final show in the current run of the series will be filmed in the U.S. a week later.
“We can confirm that ‘Saturday Night Takeaway,’ presented by Declan Donnelly, will return to ITV on Mar. 31, and the series finale will be taking place at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida a week later,” ITV said Wednesday.
The statement added to one earlier in the week in which the broadcaster said: “ITV has taken a joint decision with Ant and Dec’s team not to broadcast ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’ this weekend. We very much hope that [Ant] gets the help that he needs.”
Ant McPartlin, one half of the famous British TV hosting team Ant and Dec, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Sunday. Police were called to a collision in London on Sunday afternoon that involved three vehicles and required several people to be treated for minor injuries. A child was taken to hospital for a check-up after the accident.
Police said a 42-year-old man was arrested after failing a Breathalyzer test at the scene. Ambulance and fire services were also called.
McPartlin and his on-screen presenting partner, Declan Donnelly, who are among the best-known presenters on British TV, are currently fronting “Saturday Night Takeaway,” the big entertainment show that is a centerpiece of ITV’s weekend primetime schedule.
Having first come to the public’s attention when starring in kids’ TV shows, the pair now host some of the biggest entertainment shows on British TV, including reality series “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.” They have scooped numerous awards in their long careers, including multiple BAFTAs and National Television Awards.
McPartlin reportedly underwent rehab last year for addiction to painkillers and alcohol. He was questioned by police yesterday and has since been released.