Ant and Dec hint Saturday Night Takeaway will not return because of coronavirus

During this week's episode of Saturday Night Takeaway, presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly hinted they may not be airing the finale of the ITV show.

Following the coronavirus outbreak, a number of US TV programmes have been pulled off the air as a precaution, while travel to the US from the UK has also been banned.

However, the Geordie duo decided that the show must go on, choosing not to cancel their live audience programme in spite of fears of the life-threatening virus.

During the opening sequence, Ant grabbed sanitiser and smothered his hands in the antibacterial gel while the pair greeted each other with a foot shake.

With Britain now in the "delay" stage of the coronavirus, UK cases have skyrocketed – and with it looking like a ban on mass gatherings may be implemented – it's now looking likely the show's finale may be scrapped.

Dec hinted the finale could be a no-go when he signed off the show, saying: "We will hopefully be back here next Saturday night at 7pm.

"Have a great week – stay safe, everybody."

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The show's grand finale, set to be filmed in Florida, was scrapped after long-haul flights to the US have been grounded due to restrictions.

President Donald Trump recently imposed a travel ban for all UK and Irish visitors as the country has recorded 50 deaths.

The pair explained they had to pull the plug on the Disneyland visit due to "health and safety fears".

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However, winners who have already managed to bag a ticket will be able to visit the theme park "when it is practical for Virgin Holidays and Walt Disney World Resort to fulfil the prize".

Viewers have since been left worried that the rest of the series will be scrapped due to the coronavirus.

One tweeted: "Dec hinting that if there’s a ban on studio audiences (which there’s likely to be) that Saturday Night Takeaway might not air at all."

Another wrote: "Hopefully you are on next week! Could you do it without an audience?"

All being well, Saturday Night Takeaway will return next Saturday at 7pm on ITV

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