It was a huge moment, both for Dec and fans of the duo, who are not accustomed to seeing the star presenting on his own. Many viewers took to Twitter to rally around the presenter, praising him for his efforts – and quite a few reported shedding tears.
“My husband didn’t cry at the birth of either of our children,” user @JainBlack wrote, “but he just teared up when Dec came down the stairs on his own.”
Check out some of the best responses below.
Absolutely brilliant @itvtakeaway Dec was amazing. True proffessional. 💛 laughed and welled up the whole way through. 😂😭🙌🏼
Stephen Mulhern and guest announcer Stephen Merchant were on hand to ensure Dec didn’t have to shoulder too much weight on his own, and the latter managed to land a couple of lighthearted references to Dec’s unfamiliar position.
“That other bloke was good. You should do more stuff with him,” the Office creator said after seeing Ant in pre-recorded segment Saturday Knight Takeaway.
Dec took to Twitter after the show to thank everyone for their “lovely messages”, adding that they were “VERY much appreciated”.
Thanks for all your lovely messages tonight, they are VERY much appreciated, I’m glad you enjoyed the show. I didn’t sleep an awful lot last night so I’m off to bed! Night y’all. D x