'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' bag two awards at the TV Choice Awards
Despite their fallout from 'I'm A Celebrity' and the shutting down of their own show, Ant and Dec continue to be people's favorite.
'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' has been awarded the coveted best entertainment show prize at the TV Choice Awards, which means that the show has triumphed over others such as 'Celebrity Juice', 'Gogglebox', and 'The Graham Norton Show'. TV Choice Awards is known to celebrate the best of the last 12 months in television and is mostly decided on the public vote.
The news comes after the duo had reportedly split ways following their decision to step down from hosting 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here'. Ant McPartlin had also announced that the show will not return for 2019 and confirmed that he and his partner Declan Donnelly would pull down the last remaining episodes of 2018. Ant, who was going through recovery after his return from the rehab where he was admitted due to his addiction to prescribed medicines, indicated that the sudden shut down of the show might be his decision to take some rest for his recovery.
Wowser! Thanks everyone who voted! You’re the bestest! D 🙏 https://t.co/cBda2Y6KPl— antanddec (@antanddec) September 10, 2018
He had said, "My recovery is going very well and for that to continue having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off. I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.”
However, Dec who had remained supportive of Ant's decision had claimed to be sad upon Ant's sudden move. Following Ant's statement, he had said, "Whilst I am obviously sad at the thought of being without my best friend in Australia this year, I am proud of the work Ant has been doing privately and I am fully supportive of his decision. I’m looking forward to us both being reunited on screen in 2019.”
However, the show did manage to bag the honor, along with several other shows which took away their deserved prizes.
'Peaky Blinders' star Cillian Murphy was named Best Actor at the TV Choice Awards in London on Monday, with the BBC Two crime series also named Best Drama. Michelle Keegan was named Best Actress for her performance in military drama series 'Our Girl', as she took away the prize from other nominees which include 'Call the Midwife's' Linda Bassett, 'Vera's Brenda Blethyn and Murphy's 'Peaky Blinders' co-star Helen McCrory. 'Coronation Street' was named Best Soap with 'Emmerdale's Emma Atkins winning Best Soap Actress and 'EastEnders' Danny Dyer named Best Soap Actor.