The Despicable Me creatures joined the host who will also have Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern on call in Ant McPartlin’s absence

Declan Donnelly has teamed up with a group of minions ahead of the series finale of Saturday Night Takeaway.

The presenter is gearing up to host the show live from Universal Orlando Resort in Florida without regular partner Ant McPartlin.

But he was joined by support presenters Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern as filming took place at the park for Saturday night’s show.

The trio were snapped alongside a number of minions, characters from the popular Despicable Me franchise.

Declan Donnelly with Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern (ITV/PA)
Declan Donnelly with Scarlett Moffatt and Stephen Mulhern (ITV/PA)

The live show will see Dec, Scarlett and Stephen joined by R&B star Jason Derulo, US actress Denise Richards, singer Craig David and pop duo The Rembrandts.

Jason and The Rembrandts will be performing while former Bond girl Denise will act as the guest announcer, and Craig has been recruited as Takeaway’s guest DJ for the episode.

In the audience will be more than 200 winners from across the UK who were flown out to Orlando by ITV in a specially chartered Virgin flight.

Last weekend Dec made his solo TV presenting debut after Ant stepped away from commitments.

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which is now in its 15th series, has been nominated for best entertainment show at the TV Baftas.

The finale airs on Saturday at 7pm on ITV.