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25th Mar 2018

Dec Donnelly and his wife Ali Astall are expecting their first child

James Dawson

It comes after a hard week for the Saturday Night Takeaway star.

Dec Donnelly and wife Ali are expecting their first child, according to reports.

A source close to the couple told The Sun : “They are both absolutely delighted to be expecting — especially as they have been trying for some time.”

It is believed that 40-year-old Ali became ­pregnant shortly after Dec, 42, finished filming I’m A Celebrity in December.

“They have both always wanted a family but worried that it might not happen for them. They have been keeping the pregnancy a closely guarded secret, but now that Ali is safely over 12 weeks, they are starting to let people know,” the source added.

It comes after a hard week for the TV host, after Ant McPartlin was arrested and charged for drink driving following a car crash last weekend. His friend’s personal problems mean that Dec will be forced to host the final two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway alone.