In January, he also announced his split from wife of 11 years, Lisa Armstrong. ITV has changed the schedule and pulled forward an episode of The Voice UK to fill the slot.
For the first time ever, Declan Donnelly will host a show with out Ant McPartlin.
A statement issued by ITV said the channel had made a joint decision with Ant and Dec not to air Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend - but did hint the final instalments of the series could still run without Ant.
Dec has released a heartfelt twitter message revealing that the close-knit pair felt "that they owed it to the fans to complete the series".
Last year Ant underwent treatment for an addiction to Tramadol after getting hooked on the painkillers following a knee operation.
After a two-month stint to address his demons, Ant managed to go on to host last year's series of I'm A Celebrity.
ITV has confirmed that Dec will be back in the studio alone helping audience members win the ads in a week's time, and while he might not want Ant replaced with another co-host, will he have a guest host helping him along for some of the segments?
Who is going to be joining Dec when Saturday Night Takeaway returns?
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