Ant and Dec kicked off April Fools’ 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 Fools’ Day practical jokes have restarted in earnest this year and some of our favourite celebrities have been getting involved.
Keep up with this year’s pranks on our live blog.
Ant and Dec
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…
“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.”
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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 Fools’ 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.
“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.
Telly presenter dropped an epic prank of his own this morning as he announced ITV have offered him his job back on Good Morning Britain – weeks after he quit in a row over his coverage Meghan Markle.
Piers suggested that his former bosses had a change of heart after the Archbishop of Canterbury countered Meghan’s claim she married Harry in a secret ceremony three days before their actual wedding.
He tweeted: “UPDATE: Following the Archbishop of Canterbury’s confirmation that Meghan Markle was talking a load of old flannel in her Oprah interview, ITV just offered me my @GMB
job back & I’ve decided to accept.
“The nation’s prayers have been answered. See you Monday!”
Pop star Olly Murs played an epic prank on his pal Mark Wright which was recorded for Heart FM. The singer covered Mark’s car in stickers featuring his face and a huge image of himself in the buff.
Olly dressed in disguise to watch Mark’s reaction, with the former Towie star declaring: “Oh my God. What the…?” as he saw his prized car covered in pictures of Olly.