Share Share Share Saturday Night Takeaway ITV boss issues statement on Saturday Night Takeaway Ant and Dec recently returned to work on Britain's Got Talent By Entertainment Daily 5 Feb 2019, 15:58 Updated: 5 Feb 2019, 15:58 Resting Saturday Night Takeaway for a year was the "right decision", ITV executive Kevin Lygo has said. The popular series, hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, will not air this year. Ant and Dec are back at work (Credit: PA) Ant, 43, stepped down from all TV presenting duties last year, including Saturday Night Takeaway, following his arrest for drink-driving. Lygo, ITV’s director of television, said: "It will be back next year. It was the right decision, because with Ant, we didn’t want him working last year so it was, it wasn’t just a year off on air, it was a year off from work and getting himself straight. Statement: https://t.co/lyo3AkWhvo — antanddec (@antanddec) August 9, 2018 I think a year off will actually hopefully refresh and help the show. "And he’s done that really well and I’m delighted he’s back and fit and he’s doing Britain’s Got Talent now. "There was a tonne of preparation (for Takeaway) and Ant and Dec particularly put so much effort in and work so hard on (it), if you think of how it’s put together… "All those things they do are recorded before the year, they would have been done last September, October, November, and we took the decision, Ant took the decision, that he couldn’t sort of half get back into work." Referencing the show’s last hiatus, when it was off air from 2010-2012, he said: "People were delighted when it came back, so I think a year off will actually hopefully refresh and help the show, so when it comes back, it’s a real, big moment. But that will be next year." Lygo said the broadcaster was not replacing it with one show, but that they had "mixed and matched", including "a few, extra episodes of Britain’s Got Talent" this year. View this post on Instagram 20 years ago today, on August 29th 1998, #smtvlive and #cduk appeared on our tellyboxes for the first time. We haven’t changed a bit eh @catdeeley!? D 📺 #tv #nostalgia #1990s #wonkeydonkey #chums A post shared by Ant & Dec (@antanddec) on Aug 29, 2018 at 7:49am PDT The TV executive also said that a rumoured reunion of the hit TV series SMTV for its 20th anniversary last year was "never formally happening, it was an idea". View this post on Instagram Whilst I never thought I’d be in this position, after much discussion and careful consideration we’ve decided that the remaining two shows of this series of Saturday Night Takeaway will go ahead. We made a promise to take hundreds of deserving winners to Florida to watch the series finale, and we will honour that. Everyone at ITV and the Takeaway team feels we owe it to the audience to complete the series. Dec x A post shared by Ant & Dec (@antanddec) on Mar 21, 2018 at 5:49am PDT He added that another series the duo had been working on, titled Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey, will air later this year in the autumn. He said: "I think with DNA we had to stop filming, because they hadn’t quite finished it, but I have seen the first film, it’s two big films, and it’s brilliant and the two of them are fantastic together." The series will see the pair trace their heritage and meet "relatives they’ve never seen". Speaking of ITV’s other major programmes, Lygo said the X Factor was still a "really big show" for ITV, despite dwindling ratings. The 15th series of the show was won by Dalton Harris, whose victory was watched by a peak audience of 7.5 million viewers, up from 500,000 the previous year, according to ITV. Lygo said: "The audition shows do incredibly well, eight million (viewers) or something and then it does tail off a bit during the lives". He praised the show’s head judge, Simon Cowell, who he said "just generates this attention and heat in a good way. And I thought it was great to try Robbie (Williams) and you couldn’t, on paper, think of a bigger, better judge for a show like X Factor. "So it’s not as if the producers and Simon aren’t trying everything to keep it refreshed and so forth." He said the show was in need of something to "make it leap again and that will be great if we could find that thing for X Factor". Share Share Share Trending Articles Big Fat Gypsy Wedding twins found dead in suspected suicide left letter on grandmother's doorstep William and Harry end their two-year feud after realising it was 'now or never' Paul Gascoigne breaks down in tears on Good Morning Britain as discusses anti-alcohol pellets in groin The Chase's Paul Sinha reveals crushing £80k defeat was filmed days after announcing he has Parkinson's Doria Ragland says daughter Meghan is 'strong' and 'will always be okay' Victoria Derbyshire viewers bitterly divided over boy 'told he must cut his hair for place at secondary school'