Fans have expressed concern for television presenter Ant McPartlin after he gave a ‘worrying’ appearance during the return of Saturday Night Takeaway.
The hit primetime show returned to ITV last night (February 24) and saw Ant and Dec be joined by a whole host of celebrities including Kylie Minogue and Olly Murs to celebrate the launch of the new series.
However, many viewers took to Twitter to say something ‘didn’t seem right’ about 42-year-old Ant as he appeared alongside his best friend and co-presenter Declan Donnelly.
You can watch Ant return to hosting duties here:
Ant has had a tough year currently going through a divorce from his wife of 11 years, Lisa Armstrong, following a stint in rehab to help him battle a prescription drug addiction.
During the show last night, Ant appeared red-faced and tired struggling to read his lines from the auto-cue sparking concern.
Cat expressed her worries writing on Twitter:
Ant looks a bit anxious to me… a bit panicky, hope he’s ok.
— Cat (@cat186) February 24, 2018
Jordan Parson was also troubled tweeting:
Ant just doesn’t look right someone help him!
Ant just doesn’t look right someone help him! #SaturdayNightTakeaway
— Jordan Parsons (@jordlp46) February 24, 2018
Georgia Irving even thought Ant was drunk writing:
Anyone else think Ant is wasted? He’s thin and Dec carried him through the show.
He doesn’t look well at all. Maybe he’s just exhausted.
Anyone else think Ant is wasted? #SaturdayNightTakeaway
— Georgia Irving (@irvgirl) February 24, 2018
Other fans rushed to support Ant though praising him for returning to television despite the difficult time he was going through.
Lucy Dawson defended the presented writing on Twitter:
Why is everyone saying ant looks drunk/rough?? Calm down he’s just out of rehab and going through a divorce, I think he’s doing great.
Why is everyone saying ant looks drunk/rough?? Calm down he’s just out of rehab and going through a divorce, I think he’s doing great #SaturdayNightTakeaway
— lucy dawson (@ludawinthesky) February 24, 2018
Georgina was also sick of people criticising Ant tweeting:
Genuinely wish people would lay off Ant! He’s doing SO well to be continuing on like this after the s*** year he had.
— Georgina BB (@GeBirch) February 24, 2018
Jack Barnes was just happy to see his favourite duo back on the television writing:
Ant and Dec never fail to put a smile on my face!! Love them I do.
— Jack Barnes (@JackiB89) February 24, 2018
Ant had a difficult 2017 as he checked himself into rehab in June after battling with drink and drug addictions.
It was then announced this January Ant is divorcing wife Lisa, 41, after the couple’s tough year.
On January 14, in a statement released to The Sun, Ant’s spokesman confirmed the divorce:
In response to the recent speculation in the media, Ant is very sad to announce that, after 11 years, he is ending his marriage to Lisa McPartlin.
Ant asks for privacy at this difficult time, for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families. No further statement will be made.
This came after rumours about the couple’s divorce circulated in the media with Lisa dropping a huge hint on Twitter that added to speculation.
She shared a farewell message to 2017, waving goodbye to a rubbish year. Literally.
Fans have also shown their support to Lisa during the difficult time sending her messages saying ‘stay strong’.