Little Ant and Dec are leaving Saturday Night Takeaway as they’ve outgrown the roles

Say it ain't so!

Sad news from ITV, as they confirm little Ant and Dec won’t be returning for this series of Saturday Night Takeaway.

Digital Spy reports that the adorable pair – played by Neil Overend (Little Ant) and Haydn Reid (Little Dec) – have now “outgrown” their roles.

Big Ant and Dec will miss little Ant and Dec – kinda (Credit: ITV)

Neil is moving up to high school and Haydn is set to take his SATs next year, so the pair are going to focus on their studies.

Fans have reacted with sadness to the news, writing on Twitter: “Oh no! That’s a shame, love those two!”

The kids were a cute staple on Saturday Night Takeaway (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

Another added: “They weren’t used as much last year, so it isn’t a surprise and of course this is going to happen.

“They can’t be little Ant and Dec for long, they do get older and taller, but it is sad and they will be missed from the show.”

Viewers are heartbroken at the news (credit: Twitter)

A third simply wrote: “Nooooooooooooooooooooooo.”

The pair have spent five years on the ITV show, which is presented by Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly and Scarlett Moffatt.

The cheeky duo interviewed A-listers (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

In that time, they’ve interviewed everyone from Mila Kunis to Gerard Butler.

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At least their final appearance on the show was an epic one.

The pair travelled to Disney World in Florida last summer, where they went on the rides, ate ice creams, met characters, got their faces painted, and tried on Mickey ears.

Their final hurrah on the show was visiting Disney World (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

Neil and Haydn are actually the second versions of Ant and Dec. For ten years from 2003, little James Pallister and Dylan McKenna-Redshaw played the Geordies.

Sadly, ITV have decided not to replace the characters, but an insider said that decision could change.

Let’s start the petition right here?

Big Ant and Dec gave them chores to complete at the theme park – between rides (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

Meanwhile, it was confirmed that the ever-popular Scarlett, 27, would definitely be returning for the new series of Saturday Night Takeaway.

Ahead of the first episode, the I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here winner told OK! magazine: “Kylie Minogue is performing on the first show. It’s going to be fun!

The Gogglebox star is definitely returning to Saturday Night Takeaway (Credit: @Scarlett_Moffatt Instagram)

“It’s like a big family at ITV, with Ant and Dec and Stephen Mulhern, hair and make-up – everyone. Every week I learn something new.

“Anything can happen on live TV so you just take it as it comes. It’s like university for TV!”

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Saturday Night Takeaway returns to ITV on 24 February

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