The TV duo shares the same DNA with a link as far back as 790AD through the bloodlines of their dads. When told the news Ant, 43, said: “That’s brilliant. That’s amazing. That’s remarkable.”
Dec, 44, just blurted out: “Oh my God.”
He added: “That wasn’t, ‘Oh my God that’s terrible news’, that was, ‘Oh my God that’s a big surprise’.”
They were told they carry the S660 DNA marker in the final episode of Ant and Dec’s DNA Journey, screened on ITV tonight.
Over the course of the first episode, both Ant and Dec traced their family history from Newcastle to Dublin, before it was announced by the end of the episode that they were off to New York.
The emotional first episode came to an end explaining the year-long gap in filming, with Ant discussing his battle with alcohol and substance abuse that resulted in him taking a year away from the spotlight. Throughout the episode, Ant and Dec’s close bond was clearly there throughout as they discover more about each other’s pasts.