Ant and Dec insist they won’t use canned laughter for first Saturday Night Takeaway without audience

Ant and Dec insist they won’t use canned laughter as they prepare for their first Saturday Night Takeaway without a live audience

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have insisted that they won’t be using canned laughter for their first Saturday Night Takeaway without a live audience.

The presenting duo will return to screens this weekend with another edition of their beloved show, but as the coronavirus continues to spread the show won’t feature a live crowd.

Speaking on Friday’s This Morning, Ant and Dec said they just hope to lift viewers’ spirits in a time of uncertainty as a majority of the country enters self-isolation due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Business as usual? Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have insisted that they won't be using canned laughter for their first Saturday Night Takeaway without a live audience

Business as usual? Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have insisted that they won’t be using canned laughter for their first Saturday Night Takeaway without a live audience

Speaking via live link from their Takeaway Studios, Ant and Dec insisted the show will be business as usual even without their audience.

They told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: ‘It’s going to be strange, we’re going to do the same as we always do but without an audience! We’ve got loads in the show it’s jam packed.’

‘We are just gonna see how it goes and bring some smiles to peoples faces.’

Big changes: The presenting duo will appear on screens again this weekend, but due to coronavirus fears the show will not have a live audience

Big changes: The presenting duo will appear on screens again this weekend, but due to coronavirus fears the show will not have a live audience

When asked whether they would use canned laughter during the live show, Ant and Dec insisted they had another plan up their sleeve.

The pair explained that they’d drafted in Olly Murs for the End Of The Show Show, and were asking viewers to send in their own dance videos to be played on big screens in the studio.

This weekend’s show will also feature the long-awaited Undercover with Bradley Walsh on The Chase, 15 years after they first pranked the star.

Asked why they decided to continue filming despite the outbreak, Ant and Dec said: ‘We wanted to do the show to put a smile on peoples faces because it could be our last one.’

Worrying: Ant and Dec insisted their show will still be packed with content despite some of the changes, and said they hope to delight viewers in a time of uncertainty

Worrying: Ant and Dec insisted their show will still be packed with content despite some of the changes, and said they hope to delight viewers in a time of uncertainty

They also clarified that while they had scaled back their crew, anyone who was still working on the show had come into work of their own choice.

A day earlier, Ant and Dec appealed to fans to send in their dance videos for the End Of The Show Show, as ITV confirmed that their final three episodes of the series would be aired withhold a live audience.

The coronavirus gag scenes on Takeaway at the weekend left some viewers furious, as the comedy duo were joined by a 200-strong live studio audience in the London Television Centre for the night’s episode.

Helping hand? They joked that members of the crew may be drafted in to help during the show, whether they like it or not

Helping hand? They joked that members of the crew may be drafted in to help during the show, whether they like it or not

Ant also jokingly asked for some hand sanitiser before walking down the studio stairs to greet co-host Dec with a foot tap and an elbow bump to laughs from the crowd.

Taking a more serious tone, the pair then addressed the cancellation of the series’ finale episode in Disneyworld, Florida.

Ant said: ‘I’m sure like us you’ve all been following the news, and in the current climate nothing is more important than people’s health.

‘Absolutely,’ added Dec. ‘And because of this we unfortunately won’t be able to bring you the final show of the series from Florida.’ 

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will continue on Saturday at 7pm on ITV.

Back soon: Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway will continue on Saturday at 7pm on ITV

Back soon: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will continue on Saturday at 7pm on ITV

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