Ant McPartlin reveals he nearly passed out in koala costume as he filmed Saturday Night Takeaway prank

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Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly have managed to pull off plenty of successful pranks on celebrities over the years, but their latest one could have gone very wrong.

The duo, who hinted I'm A Celebrity could return to Wales for 2021 series, pranked their former host Cat Deeley for their newest undercover mission on Saturday Night Takeaway.

Cat, 44, was led to believe she was filming for an episode of CBeebies Bedtime Story but Ant and Dec, both 45, were up to no good as usual as they caused plenty of mishaps on the set.

Initially the duo made her dressing room smell like fish, before getting a member of staff to spray so much air freshener in the room that it made the presenter cough.

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As Cat read a story to the camera, Ant dressed up a koala bear and caused his pal to keep stopping as he caused problems.

Meanwhile, Dec played the role of the producer who kept having to tell off the koala during takes.

In their final surprise, a huge fire engulfed the set which left Cat terrified, and as the koala bear appeared to be trapped, Cat went in to save him.

Suddenly, Ant and Dec shared their true identities leaving Cat shocked and angry at the same time.

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After showing the VT, the trio appeared in the studio as the mum-of-two shared her thoughts on the prank.

Ant confessed he almost passed out after wearing the heavy costume and standing next to a burning hot fire.

"That was closest I have ever been to passing out in one of these suits," he expressed.

Clearly still fuming she was pranked, Cat responded: "Really? Oh, well that gives me a little bit of joy."

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The Saturday evening show returned to ITV on Saturday 20 February, leaving fans ecstatic about it's return.

In this series, Stephen Mulhern has been on hand to put the best friends through their paces with the Ant vs Dec challenges, while Fleur East is also an integral part of the show.

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there have been no audience present in the studio, but instead, 300 people have been attending virtually via video link.

ITV's press centre confirmed the news on their Twitter account and said: "Confirmed: Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway returns Saturday 20 February at 7pm on ITV."

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