Ant and Dec issue warning as Saturday Night Takeaway causes pet chaos

Viewers revealed the Ring My Bell game was driving their dogs "crazy".

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Ant and Dec apologised to pet owners before a segment on Saturday Night Takeaway. (ITV)

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly apologised to dog owners as they brought back their Ring My Bell game on the latest episode of Saturday Night Takeaway.

The Geordie duo are hosting the 19th series of their ITV entertainment show and the doorbell game features the camera view from audience member's doorbells, with neighbours who recognise their street given 45 seconds to arrive at the door with a household item named by Ant and Dec, in a bid to win a cash prize.

There was chaos in the studio as contestants struggled to remember the catchphrase "Ding Dong! That’s my Doorbell!” and a crowd of three different neighbours turned up on one doorstep all brandishing saucepans as they competed for £500.

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But viewers revealed Ring My Bell caused even more chaos in their homes as their dogs were driven "crazy" by the sounds of constant doorbell noises coming from the TV.

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Before the game began And and Dec warned: "We just want to apologise," as they acknowledged previous complaints from pet owners.

Viewers on Twitter appeared to see the funny side, with one sharing: "This ring my bell game is sending my dog nuts."

Winners of the Entertainment Programme award for Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly pose in the winners room at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is an award-winning family entertainment show. (Getty Images)

Another tweeted: "@itvtakeaway My dog is going slightly crazy at Ring my Bell"

And another said: "The Ring My Doorbell game has set my dog Archie off. What have you done Ant and Dec? @itvtakeaway"

One viewer even revealed their dog had been sound asleep before Ring My Bell began on the television.

They posted: "When your dogs soundo and @antanddec ring my doorbell feature comes on @itvtakeaway … she is up and going mad thinking it’s our doorbell #barkingmad #SaturdayNightTakeaway #antanddec #ringmydoorbell."

The previous episode of Saturday Night Takeaway was hit with complaints over a segment that saw a prank being played on a dad-to-be.

The prank saw the hosts secretly playing a long-running trick on a man named Liam in the months leading up to his son Finley's birth.

Ant and Dec arrive for the National Television Awards at the 02 Arena in east London, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Ant and Dec's baby scan prank on Saturday Night Takeaway prompted complaints. (PA)

The joke, which the stars pulled off along with Liam's partner Amy, included scenes that showed the first time dad at a baby scan being fooled into thinking his baby was waving at him and dancing on screen.

However, while many viewers were tickled, Ofcom has now confirmed that 111 people complained about the episode.

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And the broadcasting watchdog confirmed to Yahoo that the complaints related to the prank.