ANT ‘N DEC’S USA TAKE­AWAY

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HOW I Met Your Mother star Neil Pa­trick Har­ris is to step into the shoes of Ant and Dec by host­ing a U.S. ver­sion of ITV hit Satur­day Night Take­away.

And it will mean a new cash bo­nanza for the Ge­ordie duo, who cre­ated the show along with ITV Stu­dios, after a deal was sealed with broad­caster NBC.

Har­ris is on a roll after star­ring in screen hit Gone Girl as well as be­ing an­nounced as the host of next year’s Os­cars.

Take­away was re­vived last year after four years off air and soon re­gained its po­si­tion as a rat­ings hit with more than seven mil­lion view­ers.

It won two Baf­tas this year, and the hosts also took it on an arena tour.

NBC has or­dered 10 episodes of the va­ri­ety show to be filmed in front of a live au­di­ence, with Ant and Dec act­ing as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers, along with Har­ris.

In a state­ment, the pair said: “As co-cre­ators of the show, we’re hugely ex­cited and very proud that Satur­day Night Take­away is head­ing to the USA. There’s no-one bet­ter equipped to host it there than Neil Pa­trick Har­ris and we’re look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the team to help make it a favourite with fam­i­lies across Amer­ica.”

Siob­han Greene, of ITV Stu­dios UK, said: “I’m thrilled for the team be­hind this fan­tas­tic show in the UK.”

QUIDS IN: Ant and Dec and Yank host Neil Pa­trick Har­ris

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