One Direction 2013: Dec Donnelly addresses fan outrage over Saturday Night Takeaway prank on 1D lads Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis & Zayn!

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As we reported this week, the One Direction lads, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, will be the latest subject of a practical joked played by presenting duo Ant and Dec on their show, Saturday Night Takeaway…

However, after it was reported that as part of the prank, Dec posed as an uber fan who’d collapsed while seemingly struggling to breathe – prompting the band members, and particularly Harry to call for an ambulance – fans took to Twitter to vent their outrage at the “tasteless” joke.

So after a flurry of angry messages, Entertainmentwise report that Dec took to Twitter to say, “Just to clarify, following press stories today, the 1D sketch on this Saturday’s #SNT does NOT feature an asthma attack…

“I play an excited fan who hyperventilates on meeting his heroes and is seen by a medic.

“There is no reference to asthma whatsoever.

“It is not the main theme of the ‘Undercover’ hit and only a very small part of the overall piece.

“I hope that clears things up. D”

Of the jape, Ant told the Mirror, “The ruse was that 1D’s biggest fans had flown in to meet them.

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“Dec dressed up as one called Jack from New Zealand and I was Ben, a TV host from there. I introduced him to the group – and the meeting didn’t go as planned.

“But they fell for it.”

Dec added, “On the 1D tour they met two fans from every nation.

“We heard the only two who didn’t go were from New Zealand and thought, ‘This is our way in’.

“We were all over them.”

What do you think? Was it just a harmless prank? Or was it in poor taste?

For now, here’s a reminder of Ant and Dec duping another unsuspecting celeb…

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3 Responses to “One Direction 2013: Dec Donnelly addresses fan outrage over Saturday Night Takeaway prank on 1D lads Harry, Niall, Liam, Louis & Zayn!”

  1. Anthony says:

    It might not have come across as an asthma attack, but if an ambulance was called out for no good reason, this prank could have cost a life or more.
    I am a big fan of Ant & Dec and I enjoy their jokes, but I do not condone behaviour which results in Emergency Services being unnecessarily called out. If this is what happened I hope it will be dealt with in the appropriate manner and they will not just get away with it because they are celebrities.
    Every year thousands of hoax calls are made to Emergency Services, costing hundreds of genuine cases their lives. We can do without this being highlighted in this manner.

  2. Helen says:

    The medics were IN on the prank! they were actors! Haha i thought it was hilarious!