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Saturday Night Takeaway hit with over 100 Ofcom complaints after ‘cruel’ prank on first time dad

Saturday Night Takeaway hit with over 100 Ofcom complaints after ‘cruel’ prank on first time dad

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has been hit with over 100 Ofcom complaints from the opening show.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returned last weekend, with the popular hosts back on our TV screens for some prime time fun.

On Saturday's (25 February) episode, Ant vs Dec returned, hosted by Stephen Mulhern, with the popular duo also pranking This Morning's Alison Hammond in a hilarious undercover.

But one of the show's segments did not go down too kindly with some viewers, as Ant and Dec pranked a first-time dad who is known for apparently always pranking his other half.

Amy seemingly had enough of Liam pranking her, so enlisted Ant and Dec to help get revenge on him.

On the show, Ant and Dec said that the prank was nine months in the making, the period where the couple were expecting their first child.

In one prank, the couple go to a baby scan, but what Liam doesn't realise is that it is entirely fake.

It was a 4D scan, where a baby that was not the couple's made rock signs when the song Bohemian Rhapsody came on.

The bizarre scan also saw the unborn baby playing hide and seek and also waving.

Viewers were not left pleased by the scan prank.

Obviously, this left Liam rather amazed, but the pranking did not stop there.

Liam was also tricked into an anti-natal class that resulted in him doing some rather ridiculous things, and also their first family photoshoot that saw the dad cradling some bread like it was his baby.

Following that segment, many Saturday Night Takeaway fans took to social media, with many feeling the prank was in poor taste.

"Nah sorry that #SaturdayNightTakeaway skit of the parents at the scan is just a bit rank," one person wrote.

A second added: "Love Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway but the baby scan prank wasn't cool.

The pranks took place over a nine-month period.

And a third remarked: "Such bad taste for Saturday night takeaway to do a prank at a baby scan."

As a result, Saturday's episode has been hit with 130 Ofcom complaints, with the regulator confirming to Metro that 111 of those was "related to the series of pranks played on a husband throughout his wife’s pregnancy."

While the show did face a lot of criticism for the pranking, Ant and Dec did announce that they have opened a children's saving account for baby Finley and would be depositing £1,000 in it each month until he was 18.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: TV And Film, Ant and Dec