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Piers Morgan jokes Ant and Dec will need medical attention if he wins best presenter at NTAs

Piers Morgan (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)

Piers Morgan has joked Ant and Dec should have a medical team on standby in case he beats the pair at tonight’s National Television Awards.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter, who is up against the Geordie duo for the best TV presenter prize, believes he deserves to win as they’ve ‘done nothing special in the last year’.

‘We can’t have those two little vain-glorious Geordies standing there for the 20th consecutive year,’ Piers snarled.

‘Ant [McPartlin] got one one year when he hadn’t even worked. It’s ridiculous.

‘I’m taking a leaf out of his book, I haven’t really done much presenting in the last six months. So, therefore, by the Ant and Dec rule, I should get it.’

He continued to blast to the Mirror: ‘Imagine the miserable expressions on the faces of those two. And if they not only don’t win… [but] have to see me trotting up and raising the award, you may have to have a medical team on standby to race in and make sure they’re OK.

‘We might need smelling salts for that one.’

Tonight’s National Television Awards is taking place in London with comedian Joel Dommett on hosting duties.

Ant and Dec have won best TV presenter for a staggering 19 years in a row, but Piers has set his sights on dethroning them.

The television personality was nominated following a turbulent first half of 2021 which saw him depart Good Morning Britain over comments about Meghan Markle.

Ant & Dec (Photo: officialntas/Instagram

Piers and Ant and Dec are also up against Bradley Walsh and This Morning stars Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond.

Elsewhere at the NTAs, all three stars of Line Of Duty vie for the drama performance prize.

National Television Awards 2021 shortlist of nominees


Loose Women
The Chase
The Repair Shop
This Morning

TV Presenter

Alison Hammond
Ant and Dec
Bradley Walsh
Holly Willoughby
Piers Morgan


After Life
Friday Night Dinner
Sex Education
The Vicar of Dibley

Challenge Show

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
Love Island
The Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee

New Drama

It’s A Sin
Normal People

Talent Show

Britain’s Got Talent
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Strictly Come Dancing
The Masked Singer

Authored Documentary

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

Returning Drama

Call the Midwife
Line of Duty
The Crown


Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death
Gordon, Gino and Fred: American Road Trip
Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

Drama Performance

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

Serial Drama

Coronation Street

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
Celebrity Catchphrase
In For A Penny
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)

Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings), Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) and Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) are all in the running, alongside Olly Alexander for Aids series It’s A Sin and David Tennant for Des, a drama about serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

Des and It’s A Sin are also nominated for the best new drama prize, alongside period romp Bridgerton and the hit adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People.

Line Of Duty, Call The Midwife, Unforgotten and lavish royal series The Crown have been nominated for the returning drama gong.

Caroline Flack: Her Life And Death, a documentary about the late Love Island presenter, is up for the factual prize.

The NTAs will air tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.

Credit: Original article published here.

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