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Ant and Dec say Northern Ireland 'isn't actually part of Britain'

Ant and Dec front up the popular Saturday Night Takeaway on ITV.

ANT and Dec have left fans confused over the status of Northern Ireland after telling their prime time Saturday night TV audience the region was not a part of Britain.

The comments on Saturday Night Takeaway, which is fronted by popular tell duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, sparked an online debate which one furious viewer saying she was "finished" with their show following the remarks.

The pair were explaining details of a new game, Sofa Watch: Battle of Britain when Donnelly, whose parents hail from Desertmartin in Co Derry, said: "Northern Ireland isn't actually part of Britain but we still want it to be part of sofa watch".

His comments were met with outrage by some Twitter users, angry at what they thought was a disowning of the region with others defending the TV presenter saying he was right as Northern Ireland was part of the UK and not Great Britain.

One woman remarked: "Ant and Dec referred to Northern Ireland as not part of GB, that's me finished with Ant and Dec show Saturday night takeaway."

Another said: "I just like to point out to Dec that Northern Ireland is actually part of Great Britain," while another added: "I’m pretty sure Northern Ireland is part of Britain, they are British? What’s going on?"

Loyal fans of the pair were quick to step in and silence the critics, saying they were right, and that Northern Ireland is in fact part of the United Kingdom, and not Great Britain.

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