‘If I did win it, I would win it for everyone of colour:’ Alison Hammond reflects on being first black star to have made the Best TV Presenter shortlist at the NTA’s
She was nominated for Best TV Presenter ahead of this year’s NTA’s on Tuesday.
And Alison Hammond has said that it is ‘about time’ more diverse presented are recognised at the awards ceremony after becoming the first black presenter to have made the shortlist.
Speaking on Wednesday the This Morning star, 46, said if she ‘did win it she would win it for everyone of colour’ and that it ‘means the world that people voted for her’.
Proud: Alison Hammond has said that it is ‘about time’ more diverse presented are recognised at the NTA’s after becoming the first black presenter to have made the shortlist
She said: ‘I think it’s absolutely wonderful and about time. For me, it’s about the fact that people have actually voted for me.
‘People who watch me on the TV have actually voted for little old me! It just means so much and I just want to say thank you to everyone who voted. It really means the world.’
Asked if she feels that this will pave the way for more diverse presenters to be recognised she said: ‘I really, really hope so, I do feel change is happening, however, it is slow.
‘But for me, I never ever dared to dream this big, this was never even on my radar to be in this category. I might have to make my dreams a little bit bigger now!
Happy: Speaking on Wednesday the This Morning star, 46, said if she ‘did win it she would win it for everyone of colour’ and that it ‘means the world that people voted for her’
‘I think if I did win it, I would win it for everyone of colour.’
Alison presents This Morning on Fridays alongside Dermot O’Leary, with the pair currently enjoying their summer break ahead of returning to screens in September.
Explained further her joy over being on the shortlist she said: ‘It was such a surprise. And the fact that I’ve actually made it, I just can’t believe it.
‘What was so lovely is that Holly [Willoughby] sent me a voice note saying, ‘Alison, I’ll totally vote for you! I’m so proud of you and what you’ve achieved.’ She was over the moon! And I was like, ‘Holly, I’m going to vote for you!’ It was amazing.
Duo: Alison presents This Morning on Fridays alongside Dermot O’Leary, with the pair currently enjoying their summer break ahead of returning to screens in September
‘I really wanted Holly to win last year, but we all knew that Ant & Dec were going to win but for me, Holly won last year and I’ve already won this year by being nominated. It’s incredible!’
Her son Aidan, 16, was also incredibly proud as she gushed: ‘He said, ‘I can’t believe it mum, this is amazing!’ He was just so, so happy. I said to him listen, I’m not going to win the actual trophy because Ant & Dec always win it but it’s like I’ve won anyway just being in that category. It’s unbelievable.’
Asked what she thinks her mum would have made of the moment, she added: ‘Mum would’ve been absolutely over the moon! She would have been my plus one to the ceremony, I think. She would’ve been so proud.
Elated: Alison seemed elated about her nomination, sharing the happy news with her Instagram followers on Tuesday
‘Aidan will have to be my plus one now. I’ll get him a new suit!’
It comes after Phillip Schofield has been noticeably snubbed from this year’s National Television Awards, while his longtime co-host Holly Willoughby landed a nod for Best TV Presenter.
Nominations for this year’s ceremony were announced on Tuesday, with fellow This Morning Alison also recognised in the shortlist, ahead of the ceremony next month.
Prestigious: It comes after Phillip Schofield (left) has been noticeably snubbed from this year’s National Television Awards, while his longtime co-host Holly Willoughby (right) landed a nod for Best TV Presenter
Holly and Alison will compete opposite veteran winners Ant and Dec, who have been nominated for a record 20th year in a row.
The duo have been longtime winners of the award ever since they first scooped the prize in 2002, but will face stiff competition from Holly and Alison this year.
Holly and Phil have continued to delight viewers with their on-screen antics while hosting This Morning during the Covid pandemic, while in September Alison took over as host of the show’s Friday edition alongside Dermot O’Leary.
Nominated again? Holly and Alison will compete opposite veteran winners Ant and Dec, who have been nominated for a record 20th year in a row
Also nominated is Bradley Walsh for his work hosting The Chase, as well as Piers Morgan for his stint presenting Good Morning Britain before he quit the show back in March.
Once again This Morning has also been nominated for Best Daytime, and will compete opposite Loose Women, The Repair Shop and The Chase.
The mid-morning show has long dominated the category, winning for the past 10 years in a row.
Up for the award: Also nominated is Bradley Walsh for his work hosting The Chase, with the show itself also landing a nod for Best Daytime
Up for the award: Piers Morgan has also been nominated for his work hosting Good Morning Britain, before he quit the show back in March
The shortlist for the NTAs opened on Tuesday, and the public will be able to vote online until Thursday September 9.
New host Joel Dommett recently said he is ‘honoured’ to have been selected to front the spectacle.
He said in a statement: ‘It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error.
Taking the helm: The National Television Awards will air on Thursday 9th September, with comedian Joel Dommett set to host for the first time
‘I really, really love TV and can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff from what’s been a very weird year or so.’
Earlier this year, it was announced the NTAs, which usually takes place in January, had been rescheduled for September 9, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim said at the time: ‘The NTAs will return to The O2 London in September to mark the UK’s best, boldest and most beloved TV shows with a surprise-packed event – and we look forward to seeing you on the night for a celebration like no other.’
The National Television Awards 2021 airs Thursday 9th September at 7.30pm on ITV.
This Morning is on weekdays from 10am on ITV and on ITV Hub, to vote for your NTA winners visit www.nationaltvawards.com
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The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
It’s A Sin
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
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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
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Call the Midwife
Line of Duty
Ant and Dec
Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Adrian Dunbar, Ted Hastings, Line of Duty
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
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
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Serial Drama Performance
Billy Price, Sid Sumner, Hollyoaks
Danny Dyer, Mick Carter, EastEnders
Mollie Gallagher, Nina Lucas, Coronation Street
Sally Carman, Abi Franklin, Coronation Street
Quiz Game Show
Beat the Chasers
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Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Emile John, Ethan Anderson, Emmerdale
Jude Riordan, Sam Blakeman, Coronation Street
Olivia D’Lima, Paramedic Fenisha Khatri, Casualty
Rhiannon Clements, Summer Ranger, Hollyoaks
Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders
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The Repair Shop
Friday Night Dinner
The Vicar of Dibley
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