Why Dec Donnelly’s Wedding Ring Was Missing On SNT

Declan Donnelly caused quite the stir on last weekend’s Saturday Night Takeaway. And not because of his and Ant McPartlin’s antics.

Eagle-eyed viewers couldn’t help noticing that his wedding ring was missing from his left hand. Eek.

Dec Donnelly’s ring-less hand was clearly visible on the show


While the programme was on air, Twitter went a teeny bit crazy with speculation about why Dec was jewellery-less.

Comments included: ‘Ooh Dec not wearing a wedding ring!! Didn’t last long lol’ and: ‘Why hasn’t Dec got his wedding ring on is there something we need to know?’

Dec, 40, married his longtime manager Ali Astall last August, after two years of dating.

Dec Donnelly married Ali Astall in August 2015


The nuptials took place at a church in Tyne and Wear, his Catholic priest brother Dermott conducted the ceremony and 40-year-old Ant served as best man.

See: Celebrity Weddings: The Biggest And The Best

Pretty romantic, huh? So SURELY there’s no way he and Ali are already having problems?

Ant McPartlin served as best man for Dec Donnelly (obvs)


Thankfully, it seems not. Dec’s now revealed exactly where his ring was – and there’s a far more simple explanation.

He tells the Daily Mirror: ‘I left it upstairs in the dressing room – I didn’t think anyone would notice. It’s only a tiny little thing!

‘There’s no drama – thank God. there’s nothing more sinister in it.’

Dec Donnelly was proudly wearing his ring the day before


And it turns out he’s not the only one who’s forgotten to put his band on before going on telly. In fact, Ant once went through exactly the same thing.

See: Ant And Dec’s Greatest Moments

Ant – who’s been hitched to make-up artist Lisa Armstrong since 2006 – admits: ‘It happened to me once on I’m A Celeb – everyone was going: “Oh my God! What’s going on?”‘

Ant McPartlin is married to make-up artist Lisa Armstrong


Phew. And double check your left hands next time, lads!