But for the presenter’s dedicated fans eager to watch his return to ITV, the wait is almost over.
Stephen Mulhern returns to Saturday Night Takeaway
They gatecrashed This Morning yesterday (Friday March 25) to make viewers aware normal will be resumed.
And this afternoon, a skit showing them reminding anyone within earshot – mostly SNT production staff – that the show is back, too.
Part of that clip, distributed on Instagram, included a brief cameo from Stephen – and fans were over the moon to see him.
What happens in the sketch?
Stephen features three times in the preview, as Ant and Dec ask him again and again if he’s aware that SNT returns to TV tonight.
“Do I?” Stephen replies, as if confused by the question in his first showing.
His second appearance sees him once again overwhelmed by the Geordie duo’s insistent probing.
Looking down to a handful of papers as if searching for the answer, Ant then berates Stephen: “There’s no script!”
Finally, Stephen’s involvement in the sketch concludes with him apparently catching on to the wider theme of the clip.
“Yes, I do know it is back tonight!” Stephen stresses, before celebrating with his hands in the air.
How fans reacted
Fans watching on Insta were beside themselves at spying Stephen in the preview, with many expressing the strength of their joy by commenting in capital letters.
“STEPHEN IS BACK!!!” one person wrote, following the wider theme of the clip.
Another echoed that remark: “STEPHEN IS BACK OMG.”
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A third person said: “STEPHEN’SSS BACKKKKKKK.”
And a fourth celebrated: “Stephennnnnnnn whoop whoop.”
“Stephen yay missed him,” stated a fifth fan.
And yet another overjoyed observer contributed: “STEPHEN STEPHEN STEPHEN!!! I wonder what’s your costume for tonight’s show haha @stephenmulhern.”
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is on ITV tonight, Saturday March 26, at 7pm.
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