EXCLUSIVE ‘The NTAs are pointless’: Piers Morgan blasts Ant & Dec after they win Best Presenter for 20th year at ‘snoozefest’ awards show as his ‘contribution was more significant’
Piers Morgan has blasted Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly following their win at Thursday night’s National Television Awards – which saw them take home the Best Presenter gong for the 20th year running.
The former Good Morning Britain host, 56, called the prestigious awards ceremony ‘pointless’ and a ‘snoozefest’ and claimed his contribution to the coronavirus pandemic was ‘more significant’.
After opting not to attend the star-studded event at London’s O2 Arena, he exclusively told MailOnline: ‘Well, I knew Ant & Dec would win. I don’t even know why they bother to count the votes.
‘The NTAs are pointless’: Piers Morgan has blasted Ant & Dec after they won Best Presenter for the 20th year at ‘snoozefest’ awards show as his ‘contribution was more significant’ (pictured in 2020)
He had been nominated in the same category and made it no secret that he was hoping to beat the double-act, both 45.
‘We’ve just been in the middle of a pandemic in which their contribution was to interview people about eating kangaroo testicles in a Welsh castle.
‘I felt my contribution to the biggest news story of our lifetime was slightly more significant,’ said Piers, who continually held the government to account before defiantly storming off the GMB set for good in March.’
The journalist added: ‘That is the lot of anybody who works in television. There is an unwritten rule that Ant & Dec win all the awards and will continue to do so.
Victory: He had been nominated in the same category and made it no secret that he was hoping to beat Ant & Dec, both 45 (pictured)
Angry: After confirming that awards from other ceremonies do hold meaning for him, he went on to criticise ITV’s This Morning, where the Daytime trophy was collected by presenters Holly Willoughby, 40, and Phillip Schofield, 59
‘So, I don’t think they should really bother with these awards anymore because they’re sort of pointless.’
After confirming that awards from other ceremonies do hold meaning for him, he went on to criticise ITV’s This Morning, where the Daytime trophy was collected by presenters Holly Willoughby, 40, and Phillip Schofield, 59.
‘When you’ve got them [Ant & Dec] winning for 20 years running and you’ve got This Morning winning the Daytime one for god knows how long as well, it’s obviously just one big carve up.
‘A predictable snooze fest with no jeopardy or chance of anybody winning so it just seems to be that the NTAs have become a bit of a waste of time.
Unimpressed: The Geordie boys have taunted Piers over the years with their NTA wins, and now it seems he’s had enough of it (pictured in 2016)
Larking around: ‘We’ve just been in the middle of a pandemic in which their contribution was to interview people about eating kangaroo testicles in a Welsh castle,’ said Piers (pictured in 2020)
‘They may as well just give them their awards at home and spare everybody the schwep down to East London,’ he concluded.
It comes after the former newspaper editor sent a cheeky congratulations to the Geordie duo as he watched the show from the comfort of his own home.
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.
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.’
Tough: Piers was infamous for holding the government to account during his Good Morning Britain tenure (pictured in 2020 alongside Susanna Reid)
He 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.
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
NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2021: THE WINNERS
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
WINNER: The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
WINNER: It’s A Sin
Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
WINNER: Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer
Tasty! Bake Off won the Challenge Show prize
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
Call the Midwife
WINNER: Line of Duty
WINNER: 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
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!
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
WINNER: Coronation Street
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
In For A Penny
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
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
The Repair Shop
WINNER: This Morning
WINNER: After Life
Friday Night Dinner
The Vicar of Dibley
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