Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway is being investigated by Ofcom over a ‘secret sofa’ competition scandal.
The broadcasting watchdog has launched an investigation after a viewer complained they arrived at the hidden location for a chance to win the prize before the deadline.
The ‘Sofawatch: Battle of Britain’ segment saw viewers across the nation battle it out in a giant game of rock, paper, scissors.
Ant and Dec give viewers a cut off time to arrive at the pre-determined location, but one viewers claims the off-camera signing-in process meant they were unable to register for the competition before the deadline.
In regards to the March 10 episode, a spokeswoman for Ofcom told Birmingham Live : "We are investigating whether this programme broke our broadcast competition rules."
After video footage of the secret location was shown on screen, viewers faced a mad dash to reach it in time if they recognised the place.
They were then allocated a number, along with anyone else at the location, which gave them a chance of winning a holiday to Universal Orlando Resort, Florida for the finale.
The terms and conditions of the competition state that Saturday Night Takeaway has the right to stop registering people into the specific are of the location.
This can be when they "reasonably deem it no longer practicable for us to admit any more people into a location".
This can be because the deadline has passed, for health and safety concerns or when inappropriate or threatening behaviour is displayed.
Ant McPartlin’s co-host, Dec Donnelly, presented the final two episodes of the hit ITV show on his own after McPartlin stepped back from his TV commitments.
McPartlin was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000 after pleading guilty to driving while more than twice the legal limit.
The TV presenter said he was "truly sorry" after his drink-driving crash let down his family, friends and fans.
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