There was a furore on Twitter over the weekend when Ant and Dec commented on Northern Ireland’s relationship with Great Britain.
During the Sofa Watch: Battle of Britain segment on their Saturday Night Takeaway show, Dec said: "Northern Ireland isn't actually part of Great Britain, but we still want it to be part of sofa watch."
The comment did not go down well with several tweeters, with responses ranging from confused and unimpressed to furious.
So when did northern Ireland leave great Britain? @antanddec
— pete wilson (@wildsidetat2) March 10, 2018
Northern Ireland isn't a part of great Britain now according to ant and dec
— scott gilbride (@scottygilbride) March 10, 2018
— Gary Dale (@gazzadaz) March 10, 2018
@antanddec I would like to inform you that Northern Ireland is and always will be part of Britain/Great Britain ðŸ˜¡ðŸ˜¡ðŸ˜¡
— Michelle Hamilton (@Michell95398564) March 10, 2018
So apparently @antanddec don’t think Northern Ireland is part of Great Britain!! Well thanks for your service boys
— Macca (@fella_ginger) March 10, 2018
Ant and dec referred to Northern Ireland is not part of GB that’s me finished with ant and dec show Saturday night takeaway
— Maureen bell (@Maureen44113763) March 10, 2018
Others on the other hand, stood up for and applauded the British presenters:
Never used to like Ant and Dec, but well done Northern Ireland isin't really part of Britain. pic.twitter.com/xe0G4sETrG
— JT (@1888JT) March 10, 2018
Yup totally correct. NI is not part of Britain, Britain is the physical island itself. NI is part of the United Kingdom. Of course, we all know why..... hope the NI media ARE all over this on Monday, maybe factual reminders are required!
— Damian Trower (@Daaemo) March 10, 2018
— Ciarán Donnelly (@Ciaran1471) March 10, 2018
Did anyone watch #AntandDec last night ? Even they know that The North of IRELAND “isn’t really part of Great Britain “ according to Dec @sinnfeinireland @duponline check it out , #antanddec’ s Saturday night takeaway
— Dan McAlinden (@McalindenDan) March 11, 2018
Ant and Dec sure know the craic - "Northern Ireland isn't in Great Britain" - wonder would they inform Theresa? #SaturdayNightTakeaway
— Catherine Nelson (@CatSeeley) March 10, 2018
Ant and Dec just said
"Northern Ireland is not actually part of Great Britain".
Damn straight we're not!!!
— Tracey S Bernadetti (@MrsRoyKeane) March 10, 2018