Ant and Dec have sparked controversy for this comment on Northern Ireland
Even Ant and Dec are getting caught up in the cross-fire.
We would have had them as the most inoffensive pair of TV personalities in the business, but it seems Ant and Dec have provoked a bit of backlash recently.
While hosting their variety show, Saturday Night Takeaway, the pair introduced their Sofa Watch: Battle of Britain segment. However, when Dec explained the rules, he noted that "Northern Ireland is not actually part of Great Britain, but we still want it to be part of Sofa Watch."
So far, so factual.
The compromise on Ant's part was to call it 'Sofa Watch: Battle of Britain and Northern Ireland', and really the whole thing should have ended there, but it didn't, because Twitter responded as only Twitter knows how.
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
Yes, Twitter responded in droves, but just as a quick reminder, it is good to remember that this all started because of something called 'Sofa Watch'.
DUP outrage as Ant and Dec admit that N.I isn’t part of G.B
DUP furious as Ant and Dec admit that N.I isn’t part of G.B
DUP anger as Ant and Dec admit that N.I isn’t part of G.B
DUP claim Ant and Dec are in the IRA https://t.co/n0gUd2Sjk7
— Gary (@GaryMcG1888) March 10, 2018
Somehow, even George Galloway ended up weighing in.
Er, it isn’t. The clue was in the name. It is currently in the UK of GB & NI. But not for very much longer I think.
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) March 12, 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
At least we can finally say that 'Ant and Dec sort out the Northern Ireland Situation' is now kind of actually a thing (but not really).
It genuinely sounds like the title of an It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia episode in case that makes you feel better.