Lisa Armstrong bags new role with Ant’s pal after Saturday Night Takeaway ‘axe’

She was unceremoniously dumped from her duties as a makeup artist by bosses on Saturday Night Takeaway amid fears her presence could prove too “awkward” for Ant McPartlin .

But now Lisa Armstrong appears to have landed herself a brand new gig – and it’s alongside Ant’s close pal Stephen Mulhern.

As our exclusive footage shows, Lisa was seen assisting the Saturday Night Takeaway presenter as he filmed scenes for spin-off show, In For A Penny, on the streets of Cardiff on Wednesday.

Fresh from her relaxing break to Los Angeles, Lisa donned stars and stripes as she showed off the results of her near one-stone weight loss.

A source tells Mirror Online that Lisa, who is also head of hair and makeup on Strictly Come Dancing , was ready to get back to some sense of normality after a tumultuous few months.

"Lisa has been taking a much-needed break in LA but it’s time to get back to work,” our insider reveals.

"She’s been with good friend Stephen Mulhern all week working on In For A Penny, but her pals are a little surprised she’s returned to the show given that it’s Ant and Dec’s production company that makes it."

An insider had previously told The Sun that ITV bosses weren’t keen on bringing Lisa, 41, back to Saturday Night Takeaway after her bitter split from Ant, 42, despite her working only with Stephen, 41, on the show.

“Lisa was always very popular among the rest of the team, as well as very professional,” the source revealed.

“But producers just felt having her back this year would be awkward.”

“She works with Stephen a lot and they’re close, just as he’s close with Ant and Dec. But because of the set-up at the studios it would be impossible for Lisa and Ant to avoid spending lots of time in the same room.

“Ant would never have asked for her to leave but in the circumstances the production team just felt it could be difficult so felt they couldn’t invite her back on.

“It’s a very sensitive situation and show bosses didn’t want to inflame it.”

Lisa’s new gig comes amid reports she is no longer speaking to Ant’s best pal Declan Donnelly , 42, or his wife Ali Astall, 40, despite their years of friendship.

"[Lisa’s] really put out that Dec and Ali have totally sided with Ant over all of this,” a source told The Sun.

“Even though Ant and Dec have always been best mates, she thought they would still remain close even after the split."

Lisa, who looked happy and healthy on set, has reportedly lost nearly a stone in the wake of estranged hubby Ant’s new relationship with former PA Anne-Marie Corbett, 42.

"Lisa’s cut back on alcohol and has put herself on a low GI diet,” a source told Woman magazine .

“She’s drinking smoothies packed full of good stuff and all the cardio miles have really accentuated her amazing legs and has helped her lose the best part of a stone.

“It’s fair to say Lisa’s feeling the best – and the strongest – she has in quite a while.”

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