Ant and Dec lead April Fool’s Day pranks as they’re rebranded ‘Dec and Ant’

Ant and Dec kicked off April Fool’s Day with a good old fashion prank by telling fans they are rebranding themselves as “Dec and Ant”.

The pair were among the first celebrities to get involved in this year’s japes, alongside Good Morning Britain star Richard Arnold.

Every year, famous faces from across the world of entertainment get involved in fun antics on April 1 with jokes being allowed up until midday.

One of the best pranks of last year came from the jokers at Coronation Street, who announced the soap would be revamped into a cartoon version.

A tweet from the official Corrie Twitter account read: “Coronation Street: The Animated Series. Experience all the drama, comedy and romance you’ve come to expect from Corrie, but in a way you’ve never seen before .”

2020 was more subdued than previous years as the country was just weeks into the coronavirus pandemic and was going through the first national lockdown.

However, April Fool’s Day practical jokes have restarted in earnest this year and some of our favourite celebrities have been getting involved.

Keep up with his year’s pranks on our live blog.

Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec declared they are being renamed Dec and Ant in their April Fool's Day prank
Ant and Dec declared they are being renamed Dec and Ant in their April Fool’s Day prank

Kicking the day off, Ant and Dec threw themselves into the high jinks with a post on Instagram which showed them standing the wrong way round.

The pair are known for presenting with Ant on the left and Dec on the right, but this picture showed them in reverse.

A caption on the picture declared they are rebranding themselves as “Dec and Ant”.

It read: “Some big news for you guys… after 30 long years together we’ve decided a change is needed, and so without further ado…

Declan Donnelly's April Fool's Day statement
Dec released a statement sharing his joy at finally being allowed to shine

Ant McPartlin's April Fool's Day statement
Ant McPartlin’s April Fool’s Day statement revealed his plans to embrace his hobbies

“We can announce we’ll now be officially known as Dec & Ant. It’s only fair on the little guy x.”

A statement from Dec added: “I’m over the moon. We agreed back in the Byker [Grove] days that he’d [Ant] take the first 30 years and I’d take the rest.

“It’s really the only reason I’ve been hanging around with him for so long.”

Ant added: “I’ve had a good run, but it’s time to hand over the reins.

“Hopefully this step back will give me more time to focus on some of my neglected hobbies… such as stamp collecting and medieval battle reenactments.”

Good Morning Britain

Entertainment presenter Richard Arnold announced that Dove Island would be coming to ITV
Entertainment presenter Richard Arnold announced Dove Island would be coming to ITV

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The stars of Good Morning Britain tried to pull off a prank early in the day, but they failed to pull the wool over viewers’ eyes with ITV’s first April Fool’s joke of the day.

Entertainment presenter Richard Arnold announced there would be a new Love Island spin-off Dove Island coming to TV.

The series would feature birds ‘being “flown in” from across the world.

Keeping a straight face, GMB regular Richard said: “Following on from the success of Love Island, ITV has now commissioned a big new budget reality show with a twist.

ITV's prank TV show Dove Island
Fans quickly clocked onto the joke and took to Twitter to expose the prank

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“With execs taking the tried and tested formula to help birds find the one on the new show dubbed Dove Island.

“It has apparently come after a year of lockdown which has seen the species become so lonely that telly bosses hope that they can find birds of a feather flock together once again.”

But viewers quickly clocked on and flocked to Twitter to expose the segment as a prank.

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