Piers Morgan blasts Ant & Dec after they win big at 'snoozefest' 'NTAs'

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    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)

    ‘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)

    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

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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

    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

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    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

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    Martin Compston, Steve Arnott, Line of Duty

    Olly Alexander, Ritchie Tozer, It’s A Sin

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    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

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    EastEnders

    Emmerdale

    Hollyoaks

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    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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