Saturday Night Takeaway sponsors Suzuki are standing by troubled star Ant McPartlin.
The Japanese firm has a £20million deal with the popular show which has been thrown into chaos after its presenter was involved in a road smash in south west London on Sunday.
Suzuki has so far refused to cut ties with the programme despite Ant’s arrest following a collision with two other vehicles and failing a breathalyser test.
Ant and Dec front Suzuki adverts where they give cars to the public, and the car company says it is continuing its “dialogue” with ITV.
A spokesman said: “Suzuki will remain in dialogue with ITV and advise media when appropriate regarding the last two episodes.”
ITV cancelled SNT for two weeks but has not yet made a decision over the TV schedule for March 31 and April 7, however insiders believe The Voice will be bumped up to the primetime slow.
One of Ant & Dec’s most memorable ‘Get Out Of Me Ear’ segments involved Louis Walsh – the X Factor judge had to wear a crown and use a banana as a phone [ITV]
Ant will not appear in either instalment but Dec may still front them.
It’s been claimed that Ant lost his temper immediately after the crash, with witnesses saying he appeared argumentative prior to his arrest, and shouted the words ‘Do you know who I am’ before getting into the police car. Assistant chef Sufyan and waitress Melania suffered bruising in the crash as they sat in the car with Faheem, Shilpa and Amaira.
Sufyan alleged to The Sun: “It took quite a few of them to get him into their police car and he was swearing at them and shouting, “don’t you know who I am?”
“His hands were cuffed in front of him and I saw him banging his fists on the windows. He was shouting at them and they were telling him to shut up”
Amaira was assessed in an ambulance at the scene, however did not require hospital treatment.
Melania said: “I didn’t recognise the friendly face we see on TV when I saw him after the crash. “He was just this scruffy little guy with a beard who looked the worse for wear.”