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NTAs 2021: Piers Morgan sends cheeky congratulations to Ant and Dec after Best Presenter win

Piers Morgan has sent a cheeky congratulations to Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly after they won their 20th consecutive Best Presenter award at the National Television Awards on Thursday.

The former Good Morning Britain host, 59, who was nominated in the same category, made no bones about the fact he was hoping to beat the presenting duo.  

Taking to Twitter after Ant and Dec’s win, Piers hinted he felt he deserved to win as he alluded to how he held the government to account on Good Morning Britain during the pandemic.

Jibe: Piers Morgan has sent a cheeky congratulations to Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly after they won their 20th consecutive Best Presenter award at the National Television Awards on Thursday (pictured in September 2021)

He wrote: ‘Wow! What a shock! Congrats to Ant & Dec. Thoroughly deserved 20th consecutive win – the way they held those jungle contestants to account during the pandemic was absolutely brilliant.’

Piers then shared the now infamous clip of himself storming out of the Good Morning Britain studio during a disagreement with Alex Beresford over his opinion on Meghan Markle.

Alongside the clip, he wrote: ‘Just as well I’m not there #ntas’. 

Also nominated in the Best Presenter category were Holly Willoughby, Alison Hammond and Bradley Walsh.

Winners: The former Good Morning Britain host, 59, who was nominated in the same category, made no bones about the fact he was hoping to beat the presenting duo

Winners: The former Good Morning Britain host, 59, who was nominated in the same category, made no bones about the fact he was hoping to beat the presenting duo

Honest: Piers hinted he felt he deserved to win as he alluded to how he held the government to account on Good Morning Britain during the pandemic

Honest: Piers hinted he felt he deserved to win as he alluded to how he held the government to account on Good Morning Britain during the pandemic

Not happy: Piers then shared the now infamous clip of himself storming out of the Good Morning Britain studio during a disagreement with Alex Beresford over his opinion on Meghan Markle

Not happy: Piers then shared the now infamous clip of himself storming out of the Good Morning Britain studio during a disagreement with Alex Beresford over his opinion on Meghan Markle

It comes after Piers admitted he didn’t want Ant and Dec to win the award and joked they would would ‘need medical attention’ if he beat them. 

Speaking to The Mirror, Piers said: ‘I deserve to win because everyone’s sick and tired of Ant and Dec automatically winning this award, which bears no relation to reality.

‘I think it’s time the procession came to a shuddering halt and the Morgan bandwagon was rewarded with glory. 

‘We can’t have those two little vain-glorious Geordies standing there for the 20th consecutive year. Ant got one one year when he hadn’t even worked. It’s ridiculous.

Candid: It comes after Piers admitted he didn't want Ant and Dec to win the award and joked they would would 'need medical attention' if he beat them

Candid: It comes after Piers admitted he didn’t want Ant and Dec to win the award and joked they would would ‘need medical attention’ if he beat them

The broadcaster left his co-hosting role on Good Morning Britain back in March after he said he did not believe some of Meghan Markle’s claims in her much publicised interview with Oprah Winfrey.’ 

Piers was cleared by the media watchdog Ofcom of any wrongdoing after he questioned Meghan’s claims over her mental health following her interview. 

The TV star believes Good Morning Britain did some of the best public service broadcast journalism this year, saying no other broadcasters held the government to account as ‘ferociously’ as they did. 

Piers said: 'I deserve to win because everyone's sick and tired of Ant and Dec automatically winning this award, which bears no relation to reality'

Piers said: ‘I deserve to win because everyone’s sick and tired of Ant and Dec automatically winning this award, which bears no relation to reality’

The great and the good of British television gathered at London’s 02 Arena for the star-studded awards show, which also saw Kate Garraway choke back tears as her Finding Derek documentary bagged the inaugural authored documentary award.

Meanwhile, This Morning triumphed once again in the Best Daytime category as they led the other big winners on the night including Line Of Duty, Gogglebox and It’s A Sin.

Line Of Duty bagged their first NTA during the night, scooping the award for best returning drama.

The drama pipped The Crown, Call The Midwife and Unforgotten to the post, with the cast and crew looking elated as they made their way to the stage.

Achievement: Kate Garraway choked back tears as her Finding Derek documentary bagged the inaugural authored documentary award

Achievement: Kate Garraway choked back tears as her Finding Derek documentary bagged the inaugural authored documentary award 

Congrats: Meanwhile, Line Of Duty bagged their first NTA during the night, scooping the award for best returning drama

Congrats: Meanwhile, Line Of Duty bagged their first NTA during the night, scooping the award for best returning drama

Ricky Gervais accepted the award for his Netflix show After Life, which won the Comedy prize on the night.

‘I’m really surprised by this – I thought it’s not my demographic this show. It’s lovely thank you,’ he said afterwards. ‘This made the two hour car journey here worth it! The cast are great but I take all the credit!’

Other big winners on the night included Strictly Come Dancing, who were awarded the prize for Best Talent Show. 

The Great British Bake Off also won in the Challenge Show category, with show stars Peter Sawkins and Laura Adlington taking to the stage. 

Award winner: Ricky Gervais accepted the award for his Netflix show After Life, which won the Comedy prize on the night

Award winner: Ricky Gervais accepted the award for his Netflix show After Life, which won the Comedy prize on the night

Stellar work: While Coronation Street's Mollie Gallagher was overwhelmed as she won the best Serial Drama Performance for playing Nina Lucas in the ITV soap

Stellar work: While Coronation Street’s Mollie Gallagher was overwhelmed as she won the best Serial Drama Performance for playing Nina Lucas in the ITV soap

Meanwhile, David Tennant, scooped the best Drama Performance prize for his portrayal of Dennis Nilsen in drama Des.

While Coronation Street’s Mollie Gallagher was overwhelmed as she won the best Serial Drama Performance for playing Nina Lucas in the ITV soap.

There were extra celebrations for Corrie as the soap bagged the coveted Serial Drama award, warding off rivals EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. 

Beat The Chasers also emerged victorious, beating off competition from Celebrity Catchphrase, In For A Penny and Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel in the Quiz Show category.

NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS

Challenge Show 

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Love Island

WINNER: The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Sewing Bee

New Drama

Bridgerton

Des

WINNER: It’s A Sin

Normal People

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer

Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize

Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize 

Authored Documentary

WINNER: Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Katie Price: Harvey and Me

Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children

Rob Burrow: My Year With MND

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency

Touching: The Authored Documentary winner was Kate Garraway: Finding Derek

Returning Drama

Call the Midwife

WINNER: Line of Duty

The Crown

Unforgotten

TV Presenter

Alison Hammond

WINNER: Ant and Dec

Bradley Walsh

Holly Willoughby

Piers Morgan

Factual

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death

WINNER: Gogglebox

Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Drama Performance

Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty

WINNER: David Tennant, Dennis Nilsen, Des

Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty

Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin

Vicky McClure, Kate Fleming, Line of Duty

 

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

WINNER: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Taskmaster

The Graham Norton Show

You lose some, you win some! Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway was up for a prize, but the duo’s other show, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! scooped the gong

Serial Drama

WINNER: Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

Serial Drama Performance

Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks

Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders

WINNER: Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street

Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street

Quiz Game Show

WINNER: Beat The Chasers

Celebrity Catchphrase

In For A Penny

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

Newcomer

Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale 

WINNER: Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street

Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty

Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks

Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders

Winner! Mollie Gallagher, who plays Nina Lucas in Coronation Street, bagged herself a gong

Daytime

Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

WINNER: This Morning

Comedy

WINNER: After Life

Friday Night Dinner

Sex Education

The Vicar of Dibley

 

 

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