NTAs 2020: David Walliams opens the show with a joke about Simon Cowell’s ‘new face’, a dig at thong-clad Love Island stars and a pop at Ant & Dec’s need for ‘booster seats’
David Walliams has taken over as host of the National Television Awards this year, and made sure to make a typically-outrageous first impression as he took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday night.
After a skit was shown of David, 48, impersonating his Britain’s Got Talent co-judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, the Little Britain actor was raised onto the stage on strings as a choir sang.
He then ran a VT of the NTAs’ most memorable moments over the 25 years they have been on the air – all of which featured David – and no-one else.
Making an entrance: David Walliams has taken over as host of the National Television Awards this year, and made sure to make a typically-outrageous first impression as he took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena on Tuesday night
‘That’s all we’ve got time for! Good night!’ David joked, before kicking things off by welcoming individuals in the audience, from Graham Norton to Ant & Dec to Paul Hollywood to Holly Willoughby.
David was sure to take a pop at Ant & Dec’s height, claiming they were in the front row because they forgot to bring their booster seats.
He quipped that he ‘wakes up every day with Holly and Phil… but has never watched their show This Morning’ before inserting a deportation joke about Irish talk show host Graham Norton and Brexit.
He joked that without the fans, TV stars’ diaries would be ‘as empty as Laurence Fox’s’ – days after the actor made comments about people under 35 being ‘bonkers’, ‘victims’ and ‘too woke’.
Opening the show: He then welcomed Caitlyn Jenner to the stage to present the award for Best Challenge Show
He then welcomed Caitlyn Jenner to the stage to present the award for Best Challenge Show.
‘At least I’m not in the jungle and don’t have to eat a cow’s eyeball!’ exclaimed Caitlyn, referring to her stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! last year.
She eventually awarded the gong to The Great British Bake Off, accepted by Paul Hollywood, who noted that it meant a lot being the show’s 10th year.