The Scottish Mail on Sunday
A touch of Hollywood for Ant and Dec
ANT and Dec have added Paul Hollywood to the menu of their Saturday Night Takeaway show in a bid to boost ratings.
The Bake Off star has been recruited to appear in an alienthemed soap opera that will run during the new series which begins later this month. ITV chiefs are determined to maintain ratings which hit a record 8.4million viewers in 2018.
Last year’s series was cancelled to allow Ant McPartlin, 44, to be treated for an addiction to prescription drugs and booze. Hollywood, 53, filmed scenes ten days ago at Syon House in West London. He is thought to be earning up to £50,000 for the role.
Last night, a source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Paul’s involvement has fuelled rumours that he may be being targeted by ITV.’