Ant and Dec make startling revelation about their TV career

The Saturday Night Takeaway stars have worked together for more than 25 years

Diane Shipley

Whether they're presenting Saturday Night TakeawayBritain's Got Talent or I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Geordie duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly never fail to make audiences at home laugh.

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Having been on screens for over 25 years now, the pair have lots of fun times to reminisce over, and shared a surprising memory whilst chatting to Glamour magazine last year.

While the long-time friends didn't routinely drink alcohol before appearing on live television, they admitted in the interview that they had to present kids' TV show SM:TV Live the morning after they had been out to celebrate the new millennium the night before – and they didn't have time to sleep.

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Opening up about the incident, Ant said: "We were on air that next morning. We were in Newcastle, so we drove down through the night and went live on air, slightly worse for wear. That was the only time."

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Dec shared that the pair wouldn't typically go out on Sundays, saying; "We used to go straight out from the show on a Saturday, so Saturday was a sesh. Sundays were a write-off!" Ant has sworn off drink now and is living a healthier life, having attended rehab and been arrested for drink driving in 2018.


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Drinking aside, the Geordie duo clearly loved their time as children's TV presenters and also revealed the insight that former Going Live co-host Phillip Schofield shared with them before they started their show.

"I remember Phillip Schofield saying to us, just before we started SMTV: Live, 'It will be the best fun you will ever have on telly'," he said.

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The star went on: "You know what the innocence and freedom we got on that show you don't get anywhere else. We could just mess about. It was all before social media, everyone was watching TV and the viewing figures were off the charts for a children's TV show. Everyone was talking about it. It was such fun."


Saturday Night Takeaway returned for its 17 series this year

The presenters moved on eventually, though, helming Pop Idol, the hugely successful I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and their much-loved evening variety show, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which began its seventeenth series this year.

Dec told the publication that was always the plan, saying: "We always had one eye on doing Saturday night TV even when we were back doing mornings. That’s where we wanted to go to get a bigger audience."

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