Declan Donnelly prepares to host without Ant

Ant and Dec (Matt Crossick  PA

Ant and Dec (Matt Crossick PA

Declan Donnelly has thanked fans in a post after presenting Saturday Night Takeaway for the first time ever without Ant McPartlin.

McPartlin, 42, was charged with drink-driving after a vehicle crash earlier this month.

Saturday Night Takeaway is set to conclude next week with a special from Florida on ITV at 7pm.

Dr. Helen Driscoll is a psychologist at Sunderland University and feels for December.

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Co-presenters Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern took on their regular support roles while McPartlin appeared in the usual opening sequence and as part of the duo's pre-recorded Saturday Knight Takeaway sketch after ITV decided it should be broadcast.

'Just want to say a big congratulations to Dec @antanddec wonderful job tonight ant will be so proud of you bro and @ThisisDavina so good to see you on the show tonight x, ' one fan wrote, leading the troops. Dec then descended the staircase alone, giving members of the audience high fives, before thanking everyone for a warm welcome. "I've got twice the amount of work to do so we're going to crack on".

"We're going to crack on and say hello to our guest announcer, Stephen Merchant".

He also commented on the media furore around Ant's personal life, during the show's "Win The Ads" segment.

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"Any chance I should down and present from down there?" he asked.

The 42-year-old presenter will also present next week's episode, the final one in the current series from Florida.

Hours before the live show on Saturday, the programme's official Twitter page previewed the script, which confirmed Dec would be hosting alone, writing: "Just a little photo to prove that we don't just wing it, there is actually a script!"

Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway is filmed in central London and you need to be over 18 in order to attend the filming. "Night y'all. D X".

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He wrote: "Back in studio today preparing your #SaturdayNightTakeaway for tomorrow night". Casting for the show is now ongoing with Saturday Night Takeaway set to air for the next six weeks.

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