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Catholic presenter announces baby news

Catholic TV presenter Dec Donnelly and his wife Ali Astall are expecting their first baby.

Mr Donnelly, 42, confirmed the happy news on Twitter following reports the couple were having a baby.

He shared a black and white image of the parents-to-be on their wedding day, and wrote: ‘Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages.

‘The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child.

‘Thanks for all the love, we really appreciate it D x.’

Mr Donnelly and Ms Astall tied the knot in 2015, with the presenter’s friend and Saturday Night Takeaway co-host Ant McPartlin, also 42, as best man. As reported in The Universe at the time, the wedding took place at St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Elswick, Tyne and Wear, and the celebrant was Mr Donnelly’s Catholic priest brother, Fr Dermott Donnelly.

The news comes after last weekend’s Saturday Night Takeway was postponed after Mr McPartlin was charged with drink-driving following his arrest on 18th March.

It was confirmed that Mr McPartlin, who was recently treated for an addiction to painkillers, would be taking a step back from his TV commitments and would return to rehab. He will appear in court on 4th April.

Meanwhile, Mr Donnelly announced that he would take the reins of Saturday Night Takeway and present this weekend’s show without his friend and long-time TV partner.

Mr Donnelly, who once considered his own vocation to become a Catholic priest, said he did not want to disappoint fans of the show, especially those who had won competitions to travel to Florida and see the series finale, which emanates from the Sunshine State.

Picture: Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall after their wedding at St Michael’s Church, Elswick, Newcastle. (Owen Humphreys/PA).