Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was hit by backlash on Saturday night as viewers were left unimpressed by a baby scan prank on a father-to-be.
Liam, a serial jokester, was pranked by wife Amy in collaboration with the presenting duo in the first episode of the new series.
Amy enlisted Ant and Dec’s help to get revenge on Liam for playing pranks on her , with the couple having a fake baby scan, antenatal class and also a faux family photoshoot after their son Finley was born.
In the scan scene, a video played of a baby which was not Liam and Amy’s, making rock star signs when the song Bohemian Rhapsody came on and also waving.
The bizarre sketch also saw the child play hide and seek, leaving Liam amazed.
‘Such bad taste’: Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway baby scan prank on father-to-be was hit by backlash on Saturday night as viewers were left unimpressed
Getting her own back: Liam, a serial jokester, was pranked by wife Amy in collaboration with Ant and Dec
However, some fans of the show revealed that the prank left a bad taste in their mouth, taking to Twitter to say that the sketch was not appropriate or appreciated.
One person wrote: ‘Nah sorry that #SaturdayNightTakeaway skit of the parents at the scan is just a bit rank.
‘As someone trying for a baby for 13 years, my absolute dream is to be at a scan. You don’t get more important personal experiences like that in life.
‘Not nice. Even if you are a “prankster.”
Another added: ‘Love Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway but the baby scan prank wasn’t cool.’
A third said: ‘Such bad taste for Saturday night takeaway to do a prank at a baby scan.’
And a separate person penned: ‘Completely agree… disgusted’ in response to another unimpressed tweet about the skit.
Meanwhile, someone else said: ‘The photoshoot is kinda funny, that’s always redoable. But that 4D scan being ruined makes me feel really uncomfortable.
‘Especially knowing how easy it is for things to go wrong during a pregnancy.’
Unusual: In the scan scene, a video played of a baby which was not Liam and Amy’s, making rock star signs when the song Bohemian Rhapsody came on
Pranksters: Ant and Dec watched on and listened in, speaking into microphones as the chaos unfolded at the baby scan
Not happy: However, some fans of the show were irritated by the prank, taking to Twitter to say that the sketch was not appropriate or appreciated
But not everyone was irritated by the prank, with some viewers taking to Twitter to reveal that they thought it was funny.
One person said: ‘People getting offended by the prank, now people are moaning about the balloons… my god just shut up and enjoy!!
‘Why do people have to suck the life out of everything, it’s boring.’
Another wrote: ‘Shut up all you snowflakes whinging about ant and dec prank. It’s called having a laugh which you aren’t allowed to do now, if not happy just switch off.’
A third added: ‘He literally found it funny tho’, in response to a frustrated tweet about the skit.
And a separate person said: ‘Just be happy for the couple and the lovely baby. We all go through s**t.
‘So don’t be bitter with everything.’
The end of the prank segment saw Ant and Dec reveal to the Amy and Liam that they had set up a child saver account for Finley and they were putting £1,000 in it per year until he turned 18.
Funny: But not everyone was irritated by the prank, with some viewers taking to Twitter to reveal that they thought it was funny
Sinister: Alison Hammond, who joked on a previous series that Ant and Dec would not be able to prank her, ate her words after she was left terrified by a hotel Undercover skit
The long-awaited return of the entertainment show also saw Doctor Who legend David Tennant step in as the announcer of each guest.
And Alison Hammond, who joked on a previous series that Ant and Dec would not be able to prank her, ate her words after she was left terrified by a hotel skit.
The duo orchestrated the funny scheme which saw Alison certain she was in a haunted hotel.
As she went into a bedroom, she screamed as the goings on became sinister and the cheeky presenting pair came to surprise her.
Elsewhere, Ant and Dec went head to head in an outdoor balloon challenge hosted by Stephen Mulhern.
And during the happiest minute of the week, viewers were left in tears as they watched countless people win ‘A Place On The Plane’ for the final episode of the series in Universal Orlando.
Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway continues on Saturday at 7pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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