Stephen Hawking emailed Ant and Dec following controversial I'm A Celebrity sketch
Ant and Dec were left stunned when Stephen Hawking emailed to insist he "enjoyed" their controversial sketch about him.
The Geordie duo were poking fun at Gogglebox's Scarlett Moffatt's revelation on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! that she had emailed a time travelling theory to the professor, who suffers from motor neurone disease (MND).
Pretending to call up the professor to ask him what he thought of Scarlett's musings, an electronic voice pretending to be Stephen, who talks using a speech synthesiser, answered that he thought it was a rubbish theory.
But while some viewers found the gag hilarious, others were offended by what they considered the mocking of Hawking.
However, in a new interview, the presenting pair admitted Hawking dropped them a line and said he hadn't taken offence to the jibe.
"We got an email from Stephen Hawking after that," Dec revealed. "He said he enjoyed her thoughts on the pyramids and enjoyed the sketch that we did in the studio. So that was a highlight."
"He didn't believe (Scarlett's theory) but he loved it!" Ant added.
The sketch came after Scarlett admitted during a campfire chat with Olympian Sam Quek that she had once sent Stephen an email explaining her theory about travelling in time.
"In order to travel back in time we have to go faster than the speed of light. The speed of light is like 319 and then loads of numbers, it's exactly the same latitude point as the tip of the Great Pyramid," Scarlett told Sam.
"So I think the pyramids are from the future, I think someone from the future realised we would need them and went back in time and built them."
However, when Lisa Snowdon asked Scarlett if she had actually sent the theory to Hawking, the brunette replied: "Well, I was trying to look for his email address but it was a Hotmail account so I'm not too sure it's real."
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