Ant McPartlin and Declan Donley discovered that they were distantly related during Monday's DNA release of Ant and Deck's ants.
At the end of their two years of experience, hosts Ant, December 43 and 44 – boasting friendships that have lasted for more than three decades – were shocked to learn that they were both carrying the same DNA marker S660.
Presenters also share the same descendant of the Viking warrior over their fathers line, with amazed viewers calling the news "the best thing ever."
Closer Than They Thought: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donley discovered they were remotely related during Monday's Ant and Deck ant DNA release
Walking down the tower, the December media personality nervously read the results of their DNA tests.
The presenter rushed through the letter: "Ant, we have discovered your DNA in the deep past and have a unique DNA marker called S660.
"December, we have been tracking your DNA in the deep past and found that you carry the S660 DNA marker as well."
Speaking of loss, Dec shared: "So we both got the DNA marker S660. OMG, that's really surprising! & # 39;
Strong connection: Ant's hosts, December 43 and 44, boast three decades of friendship
Surprised! At the end of his two years of experience, the couple was shocked to discover that they were both carrying the same DNA marker S660.
Astonished: At a loss for words, Dec shared: "So we both got the S660 DNA marker. OMG, that's really surprising! & # 39;
Worried by the reaction of his near point, Ant jokes: “This is brilliant! Wait, are you disappointed?
Giving viewers a context of the information the duo received, the genealogist explained: "There is only one way to share a DNA marker – and that is because you are connected."
"Recently, the Skelton Vikings warrior has been excavated in Dublin. He was in his late 20s and died more than 1,000 years ago.
"What is amazing to me is that when his DNA was analyzed, he turned out to be carrying the S660 marker – the same marker that Ant and Deck carry.
Lifting the Lid: The Genealogist provided viewers with a context for the information the duo received
What a small world: Presenters also share the same descendant of the Viking warrior through their fathers bloodline
"This warrior is directly related to them, to his father. He's the first warrior we've ever encountered in the world with the S660. "
Completing his journey with DNA, Ant is thrilled: "It's been two years, we've started in Newcastle and here we are now … cousins!"
In addition to the cheerful occasion, the couple later appeared on Twitter to reflect on the past two years: "Wow … our #DNAFurne was an immersive experience, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
"We still jump every time the phone goes off in case there is another 'DNA signal'!" They added.
Relatives: Completing their journey to DNA, Ant is thrilled: "It's been two years, we started in Newcastle and here we are now … cousins!"
'It was a mind-blowing experience': The duo later took to Twitter to reflect on the past two years, along with cheerful allure
Amazed fans were over the moon to discover Ant and Deck's relationship, with some even marking the discovery as "the best moment in my life".
They wrote: "Ant and December are related (cousins) is THE BEST NEW CONTRACT makes total sense and deeper # DNA journey.
"Ant and Dec are cousins !!!! I'm so happy for them # DNAjourney #AntAndDecsDNAJourney @antanddec.
"The discovery that ants and decks are actually related made my day @ antanddec #DNAjourney.
'Best news ever': Fans were over the moon to find out Ant and Dec's relationship
Not dramatic, but the ant and the deck that is connected is the best thing that ever happened, LITERARY WORLDS #DNAJourney.
“I was thrilled to learn that Antjak and December are connected, what a brilliant end to discover that you are connected to your best friend #DNAFurie.
& # 39; Not to be dramatic, but finding out @antanddec is connected may be the best moment in my life # DNA.
"They are connected, which explains http://bond.So happy #DNAjourney It must have been difficult to keep the secret for so long.
On cloud nine: Some even called the discovery "the best moment in my life"
"O MY DAYS LITERALLY CARE ONLY THIS 2 EVERYONE GETS THE BEST FRIENDS FOR YEARS AND SO MORE THAN @antanddec #DNAJourney. & # 39; [sic]
For the show, I host Host Ant and Deck. We embarked on a two-year journey with expert genealogists and historians to follow their mothers and fathers' bloodlines, and eventually meet their long lost family members.
During the weekly edition of the series, Ant told frankly about his past struggles with addiction and how it affected his friendship with December.
Castuccale-born presenter Ant – who admitted himself to rehab after being arrested for conviction over a drink last year – has revealed that he has decided to take a step back from work to "repair" his relationship, especially with "supportive" December. .
The couple began the task in 2017, but the documentary was halted for two years while Ant took a break from work to combat his addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. He himself admitted he was in rehab for further treatment.
Referring to his return to the limelight, Ant acknowledged: "A lot has happened in those two years."
Asked about who in his time away from his career, the BGT star joked: "Not much! Just a little pause, you know. '
Dec recalled: "The last thing I remember was that we got DNA alert while in Ireland telling us we had to go to New York, which was very exciting news, then life took a little twist and we didn't do that in New York."
"He was a very kind person supporting me": During Sunday's show, Ant discussed frankly his struggles with addiction and how it affected his friendship with Deck.
As they prepared to continue their journey with DNA in the Big Apple, the Santa Claus talked about how his problems not only affected him personally, but also affected his friendship with December.
"The last few years have been pretty emotional, strenuous. They tested what you would say about how strong your friendship is, "Ant explained.
Former Pop Idol Deck host shared his thoughts on the small fracture in their relationship, as he admitted he was "disappointed and angry" that Mr Antka had not reached out to him for help.
He explained: “It has been a difficult couple of years, the relationship we have shared for over 13 years has really been tested.
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"I was incredibly angry at first, so angry, frustrated with him that he never came to me and said, 'I'm in trouble, I need you.'
"If the shoes were on the other foot, I would go to him and say, 'I'm in trouble, I can't handle this and I need your help.' He never came to me and that hurt me a lot. "
Dec acknowledged that he was "filled with fear" at the thought that he would no longer have Ant on his side.
"There was a moment when I thought this was it," Dec said. "There were times when I wasn't sure he would survive.
Reflection: The couple began their assignment in 2017, but the documentary was halted for two years while Ant took a break from working to combat his alcohol and prescription drugs.
“Times where you didn't know you needed to survive or you wanted to survive.
"All the time he was away, I wasn't sure where his head was or whether he would say 'none of this is for me.'
Dec later realized that he felt "selfish" and wanted to be compassionate to his friend.
After a long distance from the limelight, Ant is back on television, host of this year's series of Britain's Got Talent, and will return to the Australian jungle on Sunday.
'I was disappointed and angry': Former pop idol host Dec shared his thoughts on the small fracture in their relationship
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