Geordie duo Ant & Dec feared phone voting scandal would end their TV careers!

by Lynn Rowlands


In 2008, ITV was rocked by scandal after it was revealed by Ofcom that the broadcaster had been charging viewers premium rate to enter phone competitions which they stood “little or no chance of winning.”

Among the shows brought up as examples of the phone vote debacle was Saturday Night Takeaway, which is of course hosted by Geordie duo Ant and Dec…

And this weekend, they’ve revealed that after ITV was fined over £5million for the gaffe, they feared their careers in TV could be over.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4 presenter Kirsty Young, Ant said, “I think our audience trust us and with that case we were really worried that trust had gone.”

Dec added, “We thought that probably that was it, to be honest with you…

“Because I think the viewers would have been justified in thinking their trust had been breached, and if that had been the end, I don’t think we could have had many complaints.”


The Mirror adds that the interview then moved on to discussion about Britain’s Got Talent, and while defending the show against what Young apparently termed, “considerable and consistent criticism” regarding how Susan Boyle was treated during her time on the talent quest, Ant said, “We worried about her a lot and the duty of care that they have on Britain’s Got Talent for the contestants is very high…

“There’s somebody constantly there for them – but she found it hard just being in London, being away from Scotland and so on…

“You’re not even putting into the mix global fame and YouTube hits and all that kind of stuff, so she did find it tough and, you know what, most people would.”

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As we reported recently, Susan was said to be relieved when specialists told her she has Asperger’s syndrome, which is a rare form of autism.

The singer told The Observer, “It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. I was told I had brain damage.

“I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”

Here’s a reminder of her on BGT…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.