Ant and Dec lead celebrity April Fool's pranks as they announce they're changing their presenting name after 30 years

ANT and Dec have lead the way with April Fool's pranks today as they announce they're changing their presenting name after 30 years together.

The Geordie duo took to Instagram to announce the news with they will now be officially known as Dec and Ant.

The pair marked the occasion with a series of snaps that they shared with their 4.3m followers.

One of the pictures was of them on set of their popular ITV game show but the snap didn't look right as Dec was stood on the left with Ant on the right – for the first time in 30 years.

The show's sign had also swapped Ant and Dec's names around so that it stated Dec and Ant's Saturday Night Takeaway instead.

The next two pictures had a quote from each of them about why they decided to undergo such a huge change.


Dec joked: "I'm over the moon. We agreed back in the Byker days that he'd take the first 30 years and I'd take the rest…

"It's really the only reason I've been hanging around with him for so long."

Ant added: "I've had a good run, but it's time to hand over the reins.

"Hopefully this step back will give me more time to focus on some of my neglected hobbies… such as stamp collecting and medieval battle reenactments."

The cheeky pair captioned the post: "Some big news for you guys… after 30 long years together we’ve decided a change is needed, and so without further ado, we can announce we’ll now be officially known as Dec & Ant.

"It’s only fair on the little guy x #DecAndAnt."

Some fans seemed to fall for the joke, with one saying: "I got a fright reading this, I thought they were going to say they were quitting! 😢😂."

Another said: "Oooohhhhhhh noooooooooooo doesn’t sounds right 🙈 change it back pretty please 🙏🏻."


Meanwhile others remembered today's date.

One wrote: "Nice try 😂."

Another said: "April foooooooools."

A third said: "happy april fools."

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