Ant and Dec say “we would have been canceled” if social media had been a thing when they started

Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celeb hosts Ant and Dec have admitted that if social media existed in its early days, it may have been “canceled”.

Anthony McPartlin and his co-host Declan Donnelly, both 47, recently detailed some of their biggest TV blunders and prime-time divas they’ve worked with during their thirty years in the showbiz industry.

And despite their monumental popularity and high ratings as TV presenters, the two have admitted they “would have been canceled” if social media loomed when their careers began to blossom.

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The Express reports that the comedy duo have hooked up with some big names over the years, including Christina Aguilera, Paul McCartney and Jennifer Lopez – to name a few but a celebrity encounter that would have gone very differently today, was the one with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.

According to Dec, the music maker “dropped a few F-bombs live on the kids’ show” in the 2000s. In an interview with the Huffinginton Post, he recalled the incident and said: “There was no social media!” Adding: “[Now] it would be there in seconds.”

Ant continued, “We were very fortunate that it aired at a time where we could learn our craft and make mistakes and people could talk about it at school on Monday,” before Dec joked, “Thank goodness , because we wouldn’t have been canceled ten times if we weren’t here now!”

Outbreaks like this tend to go viral by spreading through popular social networks, which can result in a person being “cancelled.” Abandonment culture is a relatively new and popular phenomenon that many celebrities have spoken out about in recent years.

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Those believed to have acted or spoken in unacceptable ways are “debased” by being ostracized, boycotted, or shunned by the public or the industry in which they work. These recently included Kevin Spacey, Chrissy Teigen, Kanye West and JK Rowling.

Ant and Dec started out as teenage actors in Byker Grove in the 1990s before embarking on a pop career. After making waves in the music world, the couple decided to turn to presenting.

The duo were then part of SM:TV Live alongside Cat Deeley which catapulted them to fame. These days comedy favorites are best known for their shows Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

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