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Ant & Dec announce end of Saturday Night Takeaway

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Ant & Dec to end Saturday Night TakeawayKieron McCarron - ITV

Ant & Dec have confirmed that they are ending their hit variety show Saturday Night Takeaway.

The duo shared a joint post on Instagram promising "a little update on the next series", though that announcement turned out to be that the 20th series of the ITV1 show in 2024 will be the show's last.

"We've got some very special look-backs planned as well as some very exciting new items," Ant promised.

Dec reiterated that Saturday Night Takeaway's 20th series will be the pair's "last one" for "a little while", though that phrasing suggests the format could be revived in the future.

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"The show takes up such a lot of our year. We just feel we need a little bit of a breather and that the show is going to take a little bit of a rest," Dec explained.

Saturday Night Takeaway previously took a break between 2009 and 2013, before coming back bigger and better for the last decade.

ITV boss Kevin Lygo reacted to the announcement by saying: "When you think of Saturday night television you think of Saturday Night Takeaway. Over 20 series the show has become a cultural phenomenon, and while we eagerly anticipate what Ant & Dec have up their sleeves for the 2024 series, we completely understand their desire to take a pause, take stock, and think about what the next incarnation of the show might look like.”

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Kieron McCarron - ITV

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The Geordie presenting duo remain extremely busy with Britain's Got Talent and I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, the latter of which just wrapped an all-star spinoff in South Africa.

The duo produce the documentary series DNA Journey and are set to return to ITV1 with a third series of their game show format Limitless Win.

Saturday Night Takeaway originally premiered in June 2002, and has won both BAFTA TV and National Television Awards during its past two decades on the air.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will return for its 20th series in 2024.

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