Holly and Phil wish Alison Hammond good luck at NTAs after snub

Alison Hammond speaks to Holly and Phil about NTA nomination

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Alison Hammond, 47, is up for the best TV presenter award at the National Television Awards, NTAs, along with Ant & Dec, Bradley Walsh and Graham Norton. However, as Alison received her nomination, her colleagues Holly Willougby, 41, and Phillip Schofield, 60, were noticeably absent from the category nominations.

Good luck tonight Alison Hammond!

Phillip Schofield

Despite the snub, Holly and Phil made sure to wish their colleague Alison luck and show their support to the presenter with beaming selfies and a good luck message on Instagram. 

Phil penned along with a selfie of the pair: “Good luck tonight Alison Hammond!”

While Holly shared a similar photo, with the caption: “Our girl @alisonhammond55 is up for an @officialntas.”

Phil and Holly previously have been voted for several presenter awards, but were snubbed from this year’s nominations, apart from their show, This Morning, being nominated for the Best Daytime gong. 

The hosting duo, who also present Dancing on Ice together, are usually staples in the list of nominations for TV Presenter.

Last year, Holly was up for best presenter, with the award going to Ant & Dec who have held the award for twenty years running.

This year’s nominations marks the first time since 2017 that neither Holly or Phil have been considered for an award.

Alison spoke on This Morning today about her surprise at being nominated and her feelings of “imposter syndrome”.

She exclaimed: “I’ve got that imposter syndrome…I’m seeing it from the outside thinking ‘is this really real?’

“I’ve been to that awards ceremony so many times and I’m alright sitting in the background and letting other people take the limelight.

“Just to be nominated, I know everyone says it but it’s such a defining moment, I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants in a way…and you guys voted and pushed me through!

“It feels so weird – there’s Graham Norton, Bradley Walsh and our Geordie Duo who are just incredible… and I’m sitting there with them!”

She continued: “It’s just so bizarre and I’m just so grateful for this moment, I don’t care what else happens… we are going to have a great night tonight.”

Phillip asked: “Have you quietly thought about what you might say?”

Alison laughed: “Yes, I’ve got a speech… seven pages babes! Ha! I’m only joking!

“I’ll just go with the moment. Obviously I would love to win, it would mean so much to me and my family.”

ITV bosses are said to be considering “increasing security” for Holly and Phillip at the upcoming NTAs.

This comes after the heavy criticism the pair received over allegations they jumped the queue to see the late Queen lying-in-state.

The pair have been the subject of online abuse in the wake of the claims and a petition to have the duo fired from their presenting roles hit more than 75,000 signatures in just over a week.

This Morning then released a statement defending the presenting duo in hopes to stop the online abuse.

The statement read: “Hello everyone, we would like to clarify something.

“We asked Phillip and Holly to be part of a film for this Tuesday’s programme.

“They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event.”

This means the pair are highly unlikely to get up to their usual post-NTAs drinking antics, similar to when they appeared on the show in 2016 still drunk.

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