Declan Donnelly supported by pregnant wife Ali Astall as he’s congratulated by pals after hosting Saturday Night Takeaway without Ant McPartlin

DECLAN Donnelly was supported by his pregnant wife Ali Astall after hosting Saturday Night Takeaway without Ant McPartlin last night.

Ali was pictured chatting and smiling with Dec as he received congratulatory hugs from friends backstage.

Despite not directly mentioning his best friend’s absence on the show, Dec joked: “I’ve got twice the amount of work to do.”

After finishing the show, his proud 40-year-old talent manager wife Ali was on hand to offer her support as well as other friends.

It wasn’t just his nearest and dearest offering support either – earlier in the night fans had tweeted saying he deserved a “massive hug”.

One tweeted: “Dec was and will always be my favourite. Feel like he needs a massive hug, but so proud of him #SaturdayNightTakeaway @antanddec.”

Another said: “I love Dec so much, he is so brave to be doing the show on his. Want to give him a big hug, hope to see Ant soon, miss you.”

Another fan added: “Oh, Dec I saw your little heart breaking when you opened your first ever show by yourself. We all support you!!! #SaturdayNightTakeaway #antanddec #AntAndDecSaturdayNightTakeaway”.

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