A shattered Declan Donnelly has been seen in public for the first time since his best friend and TV partner Ant McPartlin’s arrest on suspicion of drink-driving. The miserable 42-year-old star was seen walking down the street biting his lip holding back tear with a worried expression on his face as his wife Ali Astall walked beside him. Dec appeared to be on the verge of tears as he made his way out of his west London home.
It’s not clear whether he was heading to Ant’s nearby rented property, although the two have spoken since Ant was released from police custody. Dec gripped the straps of his black backpack as he broke cover for the first time since filming Saturday Night Takeaway with Ant on March 18 – just hours before Ant crashed his car and failed a breathalyser test at the roadside.
Ant and Dec were at the centre of crisis talks with ITV bosses yesterday, who jointly decided to pull this weekend’s SNT from the TV schedule so Ant could head back to rehab for a second stint. ITV is currently discussing its options for the remaining two episodes, scheduled to broadcast on March 31 and April 7, but has confirmed Ant definitely will not be part of them.