Declan Donnelly ‘collapses to the floor’ in unearthed April Fool’s joke clip

Declan Donnelly caused concern among viewers when he ‘fell to the ground with a mystery illness’ when presenting SM:TV Live, before reassuring fans it was an April Fool’s Day joke.

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Declan Donnelly collapses on live tv in unearthed footage

TV legend Declan Donnelly apparently ‘collapsed’ on live TV, surrounded by popstars, due to an ‘unknown illness’ in an unearthed clip from his time on SM:TV Live.

After concerned viewers rang the TV studio phone lines, Dec appeared following a short break, revealing the stunt had in fact been an April Fool’s Day joke, and winking at the camera.

The clip was aired during this evening’s show Ant and Dec’s 30 Greatest Moments, on Channel 5.

The Geordie presenter, now 45, was dancing with co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Cat Deeley, and the group were flanked by members of pop groups Westlife and B*Witched.

The star looked unwell before falling to the floor


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Dec suddenly appeared unwell and unsure on his feet, before putting a hand to his mouth and falling on the floor.

In dramatic scenes, a crew member rushed over to tend to the star, while Ant momentarily continued with the show, before pausing.

“What’s he doing?” Cat asked, with Ant saying: “Is he alright?”

Cat then shouted: “Can somebody get the nurse”, before the kids TV went off air.

A message then appeared on the screen, which read: “Sorry about the fault. We’re working to restore your programme as soon as possible.”

A crew member tends to Dec before the truth is revealed


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Shocked viewers flooded the show’s phonelines with calls to raise their concerns.

However, seconds later, the programme returned and Dec appeared well, with a new segment beginning.

He told fans: “Something happened here in the studio. I just…I just keeled over. I collapsed. I wasn’t feeling too well.

“Thanks for all your calls of concern. There’s no need to be alarmed.

“I’d just like to say happy April Fools’ Day.”

Dec then smiled and winked as the camera zoomed in on his face.

Dec revealed he had collapsed as a joke when the show returned


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Ant and Dec’s 30 Greatest Moments looked back at highlights from the best pairs decades-long career in the entertainment industry.

Years later and Ant & Dec fans have been upset once more, as the pair’s Saturday Night Takeaway show was cancelled this evening, to make way for the Six Nations Live coverage, as France take on England.

Like Starstruck and Sunday’s Dancing On Ice final, ITV has dropped the latest episodes from schedule to make way for the rugby coverage.

Ant & Dec reminded viewers that Saturday Night Takeaway is not airing this evening



While some viewers totally forgot about the change to listings and were “gutted” to tune in to something that obviously wasn’t Ant and Dec, others knew full well but decided to air their annoyance anyway.

Taking to Twitter, one fan commented: “It’s Saturday. It’s 7 o’clock – and we are bored in the living room because #SaturdayNightTakeaway isn’t on tonight.”

Another tweeted: “Awwwww I’m so gutted, miss you @antanddec and love yahs. had a fantastic time in the audience last week – the troublemaker in the corner xxx.”

A third added: “Saturday night is c**p this week. We need you both!!” as another said: “Missing #SaturdayNightTakeaway already and it’s been three minutes since it was due to start.”

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