Chiswick Pair “More Powerful Than Simon Cowell”
They can’t ‘do cool’ but Ant & Dec prove they’re no pushovers either
Ant and Dec have made no apology for their part in the unceremonious ousting of Kelly Brook from Britain’s Got Talent saying that the presenter was ‘wrong from the start’.
Contrary to rumours that Amanda Holden couldn’t bear to have a younger, more glamorous rival sitting right next to her; that Simon Cowell did it as a publicity stunt or that Ant and Dec threatened to resign unless she went, the pair told The Daily Mail, “We didn’t ask for her to be sacked. But it’s completely true we were annoyed that she’d been brought in because we hadn’t been told about it. We arrived for work, got to the hotel in Manchester and found out there was to be a fourth judge for the show.
“Simon hadn’t told us. He hadn’t told anyone. We wish somebody had asked us. But no one did and no one consulted us. We could have just said that it wouldn’t work right from the start.”
The immense popularity of their shows and their perfect track record of success is testament to the fact that Ant and Dec know a thing or two about television.
“What we understand is audiences,” said Dec, “We know what people want. What will work. It’s not just any audience; it’s a specific audience. We want the family audience, running the range from kids to grandparents. A show that brings everyone together. Gives everybody something and makes you laugh.
“We’re not after cool. That’s not what we can do or want to do. We know what we’re good at.”
Ant and Dec return to our small screens this weekend with Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV1.
February 11, 2009