This Morning shake-up as Alison and Dermot move to Saturday Night Takeaway studio

This Morning underwent an unexpected shake-up during Friday's instalment of the ITV daytime show (February 18) as presenters Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond left the regular studio.

Instead, the Friday duo went to the Saturday Night Takeaway stage in another area of the ITV lot where they met up with NTA legends and presenting duo Ant and Dec for a chat.

While the Newcastle-born pair would normally have come into the This Morning studio for a segment on the show's sofa, producers decided to change up the format.

With their interview and cue cards in their hands, Alison, 47, and Dermot, 48, who was involved in a hilarious name mix-up from Loose Women panellist Kaye Adams on Thursday, were all-smiles as they settled in for a chat with the boys over their new series, which is due to return this weekend.

Viewers took to the comments to share their thoughts on the change.

One person joked: "Think alison & dermot are staying there #thismorning."

While another viewer observed that the presenters were much more excitable about the show switch, commenting: "Bet ant and Dec are fuming they've had to get up at 10am for Alison and Dermot to shout at them #thismorning."

"Don’t worry Allison, if I ever meet ant and Dec I’d be totally uncool," another fan encouraged. "In fact I’d probably cry like a baby #ThisMorning."

Others were not impressed at the build-up for the return of 46 year old Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly's popular Saturday evening entertainment show.

"Not gonna bother watching Saturday Night Takeaway. Love the boys but find it all a bit manic. Time for a movie instead #ThisMorning," one viewer shared.

Another laughed: "I don’t really watch Saturday Night Takeaway but i need to see Jeremy Clarkson get pranked #ThisMorning."

"Used to enjoy Saturday Night Takeaway, but last series wasn't the best, too badly scripted and childish. Think it's run its course. #ThisMorning," a third person opined, followed by others claiming it was "past its sell-by date".

Regardless of the unconvinced viewers, the show still draws in a huge audience every year, with Ant and Dec remaining two of the most popular UK presenters around.

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During the chat, when Ant and Dec reflected back on some of the pranks they've done on celebrities in the past as well as what's to come during this series, Dermot also asked the TV stars if they worry about people getting their own back when they're "out for dinner" or other activities.

"You live your life in a paranoid state," Dermot laughed, as Dec declared that they unfortunately do.

"The best time is when you have a bad massage, or when you're in a state of undress. And you're like 'oh my god this is an undercover they're finally gonna get me'.

"And it's when the thumb just reaches a little bit too close to you know what, you go 'hold on this is an undercover'," Ant nodded.

"I didn't know we were going south of the river," Dermot chimed in through the hysterics as Dec teased: "Hold on I know those hands," and Alison finished the hilarious conversation with the quip: "Those aren't pillows!"

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV. Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returns on Saturday, February 19 at 7pm on ITV.

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