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Ant and Dec set to ‘sign £40 million deal’ with ITV despite interest from streaming giant Amazon

Ant and Dec are still Britain’s most in-demand presenters (Picture: PA)
Ant and Dec are reportedly all set to sign a mammoth new ‘£40 million deal’ with ITV – despite some heavy competition from streaming giant Amazon.

The Geordie duo present some of ITV’s most recognisable programmes – from I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

The pair’s current ‘golden handcuffs’ deal with the channel ends on New Year’s Eve – and ITV seem very keen to keep two of their most valuable assets for the foreseeable future.

According to The Sun, the former Byker Grove stars were tapped up by Amazon in an attempt to be poached away from their televisual home.

A source told the publication that: ‘With their current golden handcuffs deal up for renewal, other broadcasters have been sniffing around — most notably Amazon who still have a lot of cash to splash.

‘There was talk of them getting their own series on the streaming giant. ITV are desp..

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EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 02 File photo dated 12/05/19 of Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly, who will discover that one of them is descended from royalty when they trace their family history for a new series. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 2, 2019. Ant and Dec's DNA Journey on ITV will see the Saturday Night Takeaway duo joined by genealogists and historians as they follow their maternal and paternal bloodlines into the past. See PA story SHOWBIZ McPartlin. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Ant and Dec are still Britain’s most in-demand presenters (Picture: PA)

Ant and Dec are reportedly all set to sign a mammoth new ‘£40 million deal’ with ITV – despite some heavy competition from streaming giant Amazon.

The Geordie duo present some of ITV’s most recognisable programmes – from I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain’s Got Talent and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

The pair’s current ‘golden handcuffs’ deal with the channel ends on New Year’s Eve – and ITV seem very keen to keep two of their most valuable assets for the foreseeable future.


According to The Sun, the former Byker Grove stars were tapped up by Amazon in an attempt to be poached away from their televisual home.

A source told the publication that: ‘With their current golden handcuffs deal up for renewal, other broadcasters have been sniffing around — most notably Amazon who still have a lot of cash to splash.

‘There was talk of them getting their own series on the streaming giant. ITV are desperate to prevent this and have come in with a new, big, big money, three-year deal.’

‘Ant and Dec are unquestionably ITV’s most prized assets,’ they continued.

Ant and Dec on Britain's Got Talent
The duo present some of the channel’s biggest shows, including Britain’s Got Talent (Picture: ITV)

‘They consistently come out top in internal audience feedback polls and their star quality has not waned in over 20 years.’

And if reports are correct, the presenters could be raking in some very serious cash if they decide to sign on the dotted line.

‘Their current contract is £30million and is now going up to at least £40million — with scope to extend it in length and take the pay up to as high as £50million,’ the source claimed.

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‘Terms are still being thrashed out but with the new series of BGT starting on 19 January, time is of the essence.’

As the de facto hosts of Britain’s Got Talent as well, fans will be hoping the duo decide to stay on – the show has just been renewed in a new five-year deal.

‘I am thrilled our relationship with ITV is to continue for the foreseeable future. ITV has always been home to Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor – and me! – and this long-term commitment shows mutual respect in our partnership,’ boss Simon Cowell explained.

A rep for ITV refused to comment, saying: ‘We do not discuss artist’s contracts.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted Ant and Dec’s reps for comment.

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