Holly Willoughby snuck out of the National Television Awards before the ceremony had ended on Thursday, leaving Phillip Schofield to face the music as he was awkwardly asked about their ‘queuegate’ controversy.

The TV presenters were booed at the event when This Morning won the Best Daytime award, following allegations they had skipped the queue to see the Queen lying in state last month.  

Holly is said to have departed the awards show – held at London’s Ovo Arena Wembley – about half an hour after she accepted the award. 

While Holly, 41, avoided any further embarrassment by leaving the show early, co-host Phillip, 60, was left flustered as one guest later probed him on queuegate – leaving him awkwardly responding with a gushing ode to his fans.

Yet as he extended thanks, many viewers took to social media to display their disbelief that the show had scooped the gong, demanding for Phillip to ‘hand back’ the award.

Footage on Twitter saw the presenter being asked: ‘Phil do you think this vindicates you for queuegate? Do you think now the public have said “actually we don’t care about queuegate”‘?’

Smirking, Phillip simply responded: ‘We are so grateful for our amazing viewers! We love them.’ 

Exit: The TV presenter, 41, was booed during the event when she and co-host Phillip Schofield 's show This Morning was announced as one of the nominees for the Best Daytime award following their 'queuegate' controversy

Win: Holly Willoughby reportedly snuck out of the National Television Awards before the ceremony had ended on Thursday after accepting their award for the Best Daytime TV Show

Taking to social media, fans were quick to slam Holly and Phil following the win – demanding they hand the award back due to recent controversy.

‘You should have handed it back and let a more deserving show have it,’ wrote one viewer on Instagram. While another penned: ‘Clearly the UK has forgiven Phillip Schofield, what a joke.’

The insider added that it was ‘very awkward’ for Holly and Phil to go up on stage after the boos from the crowd.

Shortly after the incident Holly left the ceremony, with a source telling The Sun: ‘Holly picked up her award for Best Daytime and then left 30 minutes after. Normally she stays around for a drink with Phil and the team but she did an Irish exit. She was seen leaving the ceremony and getting into a car outside just after 10pm.’

The insider added that it was ‘very awkward’ for Holly and Phil to go up on stage after the boos from the crowd.

MailOnline has contacted Holly’s representatives for comment. 

Getting on stage to accept the award, Holly’s co-host Phillip said: ‘Please don’t think we ever get complacent and please don’t think we ever take it for granted. This means so much to us every year, especially this year. We have the best boss.’

Holly added: ‘This Morning has a very special relationship with you, you make our show for us, you really do. All these guys on the stage here, Alison [Hammond] and Dermot [O’Leary], Rochelle [Humes] and Vernon [Kay], Josie [Gibson], everyone. Thank you for all your support.’

After winning the award, Holly took to Instagram and shared a snap of the pair together, writing: ‘Thank you… holy moly… we love you…@thismorning… you are the best team, you work so hard to make the show what it is… 

‘We want to thank each and every one of you for voting… you have made this night an absolute dream… thank you also @officialntas for having us… @joeldommett you are a class act…’

Flustered: Phillip stumbled over a queuegate question sprung on him following This Morning's controversial NTA victory - as fans DEMAND he 'hands award back'

Irish exit: According to The Sun , Holly departed the awards show - held at London's Ovo Arena Wembley - about a half an hour after she accepted the award

Irish exit: Holly departed the awards show – held at London’s Ovo Arena Wembley – about a half an hour after she accepted the award leaving Phillip Schofield to face the music as he was awkwardly asked about their ‘queuegate’ controversy

Flying solo: Despite being notorious for partying the night away each year together - Holly dipped out of the bash early as Phil enjoyed the celebrations solo

Celebrating: Phil enjoyed the rest of the evening without Holly. Accepting the award earlier, he had said: 'This means so much to us every year, especially this year.'

Flying solo: Despite being notorious for partying the night away each year together – Holly dipped out of the bash early as Phil enjoyed the celebrations solo

Tearful: Holly was seen wiping away a tear as she headed to the winners' room after accepting the award

 Tearful: Holly was seen wiping away a tear as she headed to the winners’ room after accepting the award

'The best team': Holly reportedly departed the awards show - held at London's Ovo Arena Wembley - about a half an hour after she accepted the award

‘The best team’: Holly reportedly departed the awards show – held at London’s Ovo Arena Wembley – about a half an hour after she accepted the award

The presenters found themselves at the centre of the ‘queuegate’ controversy’ in September when they were accused of skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state, which they both denied.

Phillip and Holly faced considerable backlash, with a petition for the presenters to be removed from television altogether reached 73,000 signatures.

The furore began on Friday September 16 when the presenters’ approach was contrasted with that of football legend David Beckham the same day.

The former England captain waited in line for almost 14 hours to pay his respects to the Queen – despite being offered a pass by an MP to jump the queue.

Good Morning presenter Susanna Reid also won plaudits for waiting for seven hours with her mother to file past the coffin.

Ceremony: The insider added that it was 'very awkward' for Holly and Phil to go up on stage after the booes from the crowd

Ceremony: The insider added that it was ‘very awkward’ for Holly and Phil to go up on stage after the booes from the crowd

Holly was believed to be unhappy that ITV did not step in sooner to back her, and there has been speculation – since denied – that she may leave the show.

After being seen on the official camera feed inside the venue, the pair said they were there to make a segment for This Morning’s show which would air four days later.

Holly and Phil have not commented on the matter since issuing a statement on This Morning in which they insisted they ‘did not skip the queue’.

The Mail on Sunday revealed the star’s names were not even on the accreditation list when they made their controversial visit to see the Queen lying in state.

Queuegate: The presenters found themselves at the centre of the 'queuegate' controversy' in September when they were accused of skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state, which they both denied

Queuegate: The presenters found themselves at the centre of the ‘queuegate’ controversy’ in September when they were accused of skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state, which they both denied

The names of their production team were instead used to help them gain access.

ITV insisted it would not give out the personal contact details of on-screen talent to the Palace of Westminster authorities.

The email addresses of programme editor Martin Frizell and another member of the production staff, who accompanied them, had been used instead.

The source involved in the media list told The Mail on Sunday: ‘When they got there, their names weren’t on the list so there were some discussions and – after some back and forth.

Fallout: Phillip and Holly faced considerable backlash, with a petition for the presenters to be removed from television altogether reached 73,000 signatures

Fallout: Phillip and Holly faced considerable backlash, with a petition for the presenters to be removed from television altogether reached 73,000 signatures

‘Phil and Holly were given access and they were ushered through. The whole thing caused a bit of a hoo-ha.’

Holly has been relying on support from her friends to get her through the controversy.

Despite the fact that calls for Holly and Phil to be sacked could land Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary the role as full-time hosts, sources say they have remained loyal.

Phil and Holly are reportedly paid as much as £600,000 for presenting the daytime show from Mondays to Thursdays, with Alison and Dermot filling in for Friday’s show.

As well as being booed, Holly and Phil were the butt of a joke on stage, with Lenny Henry pointedly addressing the scandal during the acceptance speech for his special recognition prize.

Referring to former footballer David Beckham, 47, who waited for 13 hours with other members of the public to pay his respects to the late monarch, Sir Lenny joked during the ceremony: ‘This show is so long that David Beckham is still queuing outside.’

Other notable winners at the ceremony included Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for Best Presenter, Anton Du Beke for TV Judge, Peaky Blinders for Returning Drama and Emmerdale for Serial Drama. 

Speech: Stephen Mulhern accepted Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly's 21st Best Presenter award after the pair were forced to miss the ceremony due to contracting Covid

Speech: Stephen Mulhern accepted Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly’s 21st Best Presenter award after the pair were forced to miss the ceremony due to contracting Covid

Taking to the stage after the win, Phillip said: ‘Please don’t think we ever get complacement and please don’ tthink we ever take it for granted. This means so much to us every year, especially this year. We have the best boss.’

Holly added: ‘This Morning has a very special relationship with you, you make our show for us, you really do. All these guys on the stage here, Alison [Hammond] and Dermot [O’Leary], Rochelle [Humes] and Vernon [Kay], Josie [Gibson], everyone. Thank you for all your support.’

After winning the award, Holly took to Instagram and shared a snap of the pair together, writing: ‘Thank you… holy moly… we love you…@thismorning… you are the best team, you work so hard to make the show what it is… 

‘We want to thank each and every one of you for voting… you have made this night an absolute dream… thank you also @officialntas for having us… @joeldommett you are a class act…’

Winners: Presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield found themselves at the centre of the ‘queuegate’ controversy’ in September when they were accused of skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state, which they both denied

Phillip and Holly faced considerable backlash, with a petition for the presenters to be removed from television altogether reached 73,000 signatures.

NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS 2022: WINNERS AT A GLANCE 

NEW DRAMA – Trigger Point

TALENT SHOW – Strictly Come Dancing

AUTHORED DOCUMENTARY – Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek  

RETURNING DRAMA – Peaky Blinders

TV PRESENTER – Ant and Dec

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT – Gogglebox

DRAMA PERFORMANCE – Cillian Murphy, Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders

SERIAL DRAMA – EMMERDALE 

EXPERT – Martin Lewis 

SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE – Mark Charnock, Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale

QUIZ GAME SHOW – Beat the Chasers

RISING STAR – Paddy Bever, Max Turner, Coronation Street 

DAYTIME – This Morning

COMEDY – After Life

TALENT SHOW JUDGE – Anton Du Beke 

THE BRUCE FOSRYTH ENTERTAINMENT AWARD –  I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here

The furore began on Friday September 16 when the presenters’ approach was contrasted with that of football legend David Beckham the same day.

The former England captain waited in line for almost 14 hours to pay his respects to the Queen – despite being offered a pass by an MP to jump the queue.

Good Morning presenter Susanna Reid also won plaudits for waiting for seven hours with her mother to file past the coffin.

Holly was believed to be unhappy that ITV did not step in sooner to back her, and there has been speculation – since denied – that she may leave the show.

After being seen on the official camera feed inside the venue, the pair said they were there to make a segment for This Morning’s show which would air four days later.

Holly and Phil have not commented on the matter since issuing a statement on This Morning in which they insisted they ‘did not skip the queue’. 

The Mail on Sunday revealed the star’s names were not even on the accreditation list when they made their controversial visit to see the Queen lying in state.

The names of their production team were instead used to help them gain access.

ITV insisted it would not give out the personal contact details of on-screen talent to the Palace of Westminster authorities. 

The email addresses of programme editor Martin Frizell and another member of the production staff, who accompanied them, had been used instead.

The source involved in the media list told The Mail on Sunday: ‘When they got there, their names weren’t on the list so there were some discussions and – after some back and forth. 

‘Phil and Holly were given access and they were ushered through. The whole thing caused a bit of a hoo-ha.’

Holly has been relying on support from her friends to get her through the controversy. 

Despite the fact that calls for Holly and Phil to be sacked could land Alison and Dermot the role as full-time hosts, sources say they have remained loyal.

Phil and Holly are reportedly paid as much as £600,000 for presenting the daytime show from Mondays to Thursdays, with Alison and Dermot filling in for Friday’s show.

Unfortunately, the TV duo were not there to accept their awards as they have both fallen ill with Covid and had to stay at home. 

The Bruce Forsyth Award went to I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with Emmerdale star Danny Miller who won last year’s series accepting the gong along with several other stars from the 21st season.

Danny said: ‘On behalf of Ant and Dec who have Covid so they can’t be here tonight, Stephen Mulhern is in the crowd so I’m not sure why he’s not accepting for them.

‘I’d like to say on behalf of the crew and castmates, although we had to have an evacuation, they managed to get us back on and we all got paid. 

‘A massive thank you to everyone who voted and everyone who made the show what it is. A massive thanks to the cast and crew and best of luck back in Australia.’

The show was nominated alongside The Graham Norton Show, Taskmaster and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Controversy: Holly was believed to be unhappy that ITV did not step in sooner to back her, and there has been speculation – since denied – that she may leave the show

Controversy: Holly was believed to be unhappy that ITV did not step in sooner to back her, and there has been speculation – since denied – that she may leave the show

The next award was Best New Drama which was won by the ITV thriller series Trigger Point with show star Vicky McClure accepting the gong.

In her speech, she said: ‘What’s incredible about the NTAs, it’s the fans and viewers and that’s what matters in television. I want to say thank you to Jed Mercurio and to our wonderful directors and everyone who worked on this.’

For the first time ever, the NTAs gave out an award for TV expert with the nominees being Kaleb Cooper, Martin Lewis, Sir David Attenborough and Jay Blades with money expert Martin taking home the trophy.

The This Morning regular was given a resounding applause and said: ‘When your up against a treasure like David Attenborough, you don’t expect to win. Whoever said we’ve had enough of experts, we haven’t. We need them more than ever. 

Ill: Unfortunately, hosts Ant and Dec were not there to accept their award as they have both fallen ill with Covid (pictured in September 2021)

Ill: Unfortunately, hosts Ant and Dec were not there to accept their award as they have both fallen ill with Covid (pictured in September 2021) 

Success: I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off proceedings at the National Television Awards as the show won the coveted Bruce Forsyth Entertaintment Award

Success: I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! kicked off proceedings at the National Television Awards as the show won the coveted Bruce Forsyth Entertaintment Award

Presenters: The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award was presented by Michelle Visage and Oti Mabuse

Pals: The pair put on an animated display as they took to the stage

Presenters: The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award was presented by Michelle Visage and Oti Mabuse 

Winners: The next award was Best New Drama which was won by the ITV thriller series Trigger Point with show star Vicky McClure accepting the gong

Winners: The next award was Best New Drama which was won by the ITV thriller series Trigger Point with show star Vicky McClure accepting the gong

Honoured: For the first time ever, the NTAs gave out an award for TV expert to Martin Lewis

Martin said: 'Whoever said we've had enough of experts, we haven't. We need them more than ever'

Honoured: For the first time ever, the NTAs gave out an award for TV expert to Martin Lewis

‘It’s been a pretty horrible year financially. I’m afraid the next year with the mortgage problem and the knock on to rents is going to be pretty bad and we need someone to get a grip on the economy and put things better. I’ll leave that to my show which is back on next Tuesday, tonight this nerd is going to party.’ 

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke was honoured with the TV Judge award for his efforts on the BBC One series.

The star thanked his wife Hannah Summers and the show’s executive producer Sarah James in his speech, saying: ‘Thank you to everyone who voted, who’s watching the show. Thank you to my wife. 

‘Sarah James, let me tell you about Sarah James. I love this woman, she’s the great thing to happen to television, thank you for giving me the job. That’s why I love her, I won’t deny. Thank you so much.’

Cast: Dan Walker shared a selfie with the cast of Strictly posing on the stairs after the series won the Talent Show award

Cast: Dan Walker shared a selfie with the cast of Strictly posing on the stairs after the series won the Talent Show award

Overjoyed: Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke was honoured with the TV Judge award for his efforts on the BBC One series

Overjoyed: Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke was honoured with the TV Judge award for his efforts on the BBC One series

Next up, host Joel Dommett told the audience that soap Emmerdale are celebrating 50 years on the air this year with the cast and crew being surprised by a video from King Charles III.

The monarch said: ‘I am delighted to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Emmerdale. I’m afraid I’m so old I can remember when it was called Emmerdale farm. 

‘It’s testament to it’s production team that it has since become an important British institution and a major British export. What makes Emmerdale so special is it has kept true to the vision of its original writer who wanted to demonstrate that farming is not just a job, it’s a whole way of life. 

‘On a daily basis, Emmerdale continues to depict what life is like for those who work the land and protect our precious countryside. It also addresses the longterm sustainability of the way we produce our food. 

‘It’s only right that the National Television Awards recognise the enormous contribution Emmerdale has made and I hope those watching will joining me in celebrating it’s 50th anniversary and wishing it an equally successful future.’

Surprise: Host Joel Dommett told the audience that soap Emmerdale are celebrating 50 years on the air this year with the cast and crew being surprised by a video from King Charles III

Surprise: Host Joel Dommett told the audience that soap Emmerdale are celebrating 50 years on the air this year with the cast and crew being surprised by a video from King Charles III

The award for Serial Drama Performance was next up with former footballer Michael Owen and his Love Island star daughter Gemma presenting the honour.

Emmerdale actor Mark Charnock took home the gong and said: ‘So, just follow the king then! The three actresses, their work is off the scale, extraordinary work. I’d like to thank everyone at Emmerdale. 

‘Every script was this heart-breaking gift, the Stroke Association who were so supportive. It feels like an important journey we’ve been on raising awareness. I’d like to thank the public, I didn’t think I’d any chance in winning this. 

‘You’ve overwhelmed me by voting for me, I’m going to take this away and stare at it for ages.’

Family: The award for Serial Drama Performance was next up with former footballer Michael Owen and his Love Island star daughter Gemma presenting the honour

Family: The award for Serial Drama Performance was next up with former footballer Michael Owen and his Love Island star daughter Gemma presenting the honour

Celebation: Emmerdale actor Mark Charnock took home the gong and said: 'So, just follow the king then! The three actresses, their work is off the scale, extraordinary work. I'd like to thank everyone at Emmerdale'

Celebation: Emmerdale actor Mark Charnock took home the gong and said: ‘So, just follow the king then! The three actresses, their work is off the scale, extraordinary work. I’d like to thank everyone at Emmerdale’

Peaky Blinders took home the award for Returning Drama which was presented by members of the England lionesses.

Show creator and screenwriter Steven Knight confirmed the Peaky Blinders film would begin shooting in the coming months.

He said: ‘Thank you to all our fans. It’s been a great journey. It’s become a global thing and the most important thing is the British fans who spotted it early, made it what it is and that’s what this is all about. We’re going to keep going, we’re going to make a film, we start shooting in spring.’ 

Matt Lucas took to the stage to present the Comedy Award, which was won by Ricky Gervais’ Netflix show Afterlife.

The comedian looked shocked to have won the award and gave a brief speech, saying: ‘Thank you so much, a genuine surprise. I’ll keep It brief, my feet are killing me. Thank you to the amazing cast and crew. Thank you to Netflix and thank you to everyone who voted.’

Thrilled: Peaky Blinders took home the award for Returning Drama which was presented by members of the England lionesses

Thrilled: Peaky Blinders took home the award for Returning Drama which was presented by members of the England lionesses

Shock: Ricky Gervais admitted his surprise when he accepted the award for Comedy show for his Netflix series Afterlife

Shock: Ricky Gervais admitted his surprise when he accepted the award for Comedy show for his Netflix series Afterlife

He said: 'Thank you to the amazing cast and crew. Thank you to Netflix and thank you to everyone who voted'

He said: ‘Thank you to the amazing cast and crew. Thank you to Netflix and thank you to everyone who voted’

Next up was Ant and Dec’s Best Presenter award with Stephen Mulhern stepping on stage to accept the gong.

On behalf of the pair, he said: ‘Well listen, Ant and Dec can’t be here for obvious reasons. They have given me some words to stay. But I’m not doing any of that drivel. Full respect to the guys, 21 years on the trot, come on. 

‘But the reality is, this baby is coming home with me. I’ve had this made, it says the nation’s favourite presenter, Stephen Mulhern. Have a lovely evening everybody goodnight.’

This Morning’s Daytime award was next and after Holly and Phil spoke, Alison stepped up to the microphone to jokingly proclaim she should have won the Presenter award over Ant and Dec.

Star: This Morning's Daytime award was next and after Holly and Phil spoke, Alison stepped up to the microphone to jokingly proclaim she should have won the Presenter award over Ant and Dec

Star: This Morning’s Daytime award was next and after Holly and Phil spoke, Alison stepped up to the microphone to jokingly proclaim she should have won the Presenter award over Ant and Dec

Gong: The One Show host Alex Jones presented Kate Garraway the award for Authored Documentary which she won for Kate Garraway: Caring For Derek

Gong: The One Show host Alex Jones presented Kate Garraway the award for Authored Documentary which she won for Kate Garraway: Caring For Derek

Kate said: 'We managed to speak to Derek, he's back in hospital at the moment fighting on and we're hoping he's coming again soon' (pictured with daughter Darcey, 16)

Kate said: ‘We managed to speak to Derek, he’s back in hospital at the moment fighting on and we’re hoping he’s coming again soon’ (pictured with daughter Darcey, 16)

She said: ‘We are all so grateful for this award, honest;y. I think This Morning is a mood. Now we all know I should have won one of these as well. Bradley Walsh and Ant and Dec are amazing but I should have won, innit?’

Channel 4 stalwart Gogglebox took home the award for Factual Entertainment show, with the honour presented by Laura Whitmore and her husband Iain Stirling.

The One Show host Alex Jones presented Kate Garraway the award for Authored Documentary which she won for Kate Garraway: Caring For Derek.

The Good Morning Britain presenter praised the work of Britain’s carers in her speech, saying: ‘I want to thank all of you. Lucy, the incredible documentary maker who made a difficult thing easier then it might have been. I’ve got my daughter here Darcey. 

‘We managed to speak to Derek, he’s back in hospital at the moment fighting on and we’re hoping he’s coming again soon. I want to thank Derek for his incredible fighting spirit. I want to thank ITV.

‘We have a care crisis in our country but we don’t have a crisis of love, the professional carers are extraordinary. Thank you so much, it means the world.’

Actor and comedian Lenny Henry was presented with a Special Recognition Award for his decades of contributions to British TV.

Achievement: Actor and comedian Lenny Henry was presented with a Special Recognition Award for his decades of contributions to British TV

Achievement: Actor and comedian Lenny Henry was presented with a Special Recognition Award for his decades of contributions to British TV

Honour: During his acceptance speech, he spoke about the importance of diversity on television, saying: 'We really can do anything, if given the chance to'

Honour: During his acceptance speech, he spoke about the importance of diversity on television, saying: ‘We really can do anything, if given the chance to’

During his acceptance speech, he spoke about the importance of diversity on television, saying: ‘We really can do anything, if given the chance to.’

He added: ‘Here’s the thing about this industry, I was allowed to play. I’m a black guy from Dudley who got to do Shakespeare. I was a black guy who got to do kids TV and sing with Kate Bush.

‘Because I was allowed to be in this industry and people saw me on TV, that helped break down barriers and helped other people of colour to do the same. We really can do anything if given the chance to, whoever we are.’

Lenny said he is currently making a show about the Windrush Generation, adding: ‘We wanted to make a drama to show overcoming great adversity. When we can relate to each other, it brings us together right? 

‘I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to where I am, thank you so much. Thank you to my family and friends and most importantly of all the fantastic and lovely Lisa. I’ll cherish this, peace.’

Newcomer: Actor Paddy Bever won the Rising Star award for his role as Max Turner on Coronation Street

Newcomer: Actor Paddy Bever won the Rising Star award for his role as Max Turner on Coronation Street

Actor Paddy Bever won the Rising Star award for his role as Max Turner on Coronation Street.

On stage he said: ‘This is my first acting job and I’d like to thank the entire cast and crew of Coronation Street. To my fellow nominees, you’re all so talented it’s insane. I’d like to thank God and all then viewers because without you I wouldn’t be here.’ 

Cillian Murphy won for Drama Performance for his role as Thomas Selby in Peaky Blinders but the actor wasn’t at the ceremony to accept the award.

Strictly Come Dancing won the award for Best Talent Show, with last year’s winner Rose Ayling-Ellis joining the professional dancers on stage.

Winners: Strictly Come Dancing won the award for Best Talent Show, with last year's winner Rose Ayling-Ellis joining the professional dancers on stage

Winners: Strictly Come Dancing won the award for Best Talent Show, with last year’s winner Rose Ayling-Ellis joining the professional dancers on stage

Rose said: 'I just want to say a massive thank you to all the people who voted for us. Waht makes Strictly so special is that it shows people who don't get shown on TV very often'

Rose said: ‘I just want to say a massive thank you to all the people who voted for us. Waht makes Strictly so special is that it shows people who don’t get shown on TV very often’

She said: ‘I just want to say a massive thank you to all the people who voted for us. Waht makes Strictly so special is that it shows people who don’t get shown on TV very often. As it goes on, you get used to it and it changes people’s perception.’

The final award of the night went to Emmerdale for Serial Drama with actress Olivia Bromley – who plays Dawn Taylor – accepted the award.

She said: ‘Thank you so much to everybody who has voted to us, it means the world to us, especially this year – our fiftieth year of Emmerdale. 

‘We are so proud to take this home to Yorkshire. This is for everyone back home up north who has worked so hard. Here’s to the next fifty.’

Glamour: Maya Jama presented the Strictly crew with their award and looked incredible in a white off the shoulder gown

Glamour: Maya Jama presented the Strictly crew with their award and looked incredible in a white off the shoulder gown

Quizmasters: Beat The Chase took home the award for Quiz Game Show with host Bradley Walsh thanking fans

Quizmasters: Beat The Chase took home the award for Quiz Game Show with host Bradley Walsh thanking fans 

It comes after Ant and Dec, who have won best presenter at the NTAs for 20 consecutive years, are suffering from flu-like symptoms and are ‘bed bound’ with the contagious infection.

A Britain’s Got Talent spokesperson announced on Wednesday that the pair are ‘unwell’ and won’t be working until they recover.

A source told MailOnline: ‘Ant and Dec are gutted. They love the NTAs, it’s the best night in TV, and for them it’s an event they always look forward to.

‘They’re both feeling really poorly but will be watching the show from bed and hope to be well and working again soon.’

Milestone: The final award of the night went to Emmerdale for Serial Drama with actress Olivia Bromley - who plays Dawn Taylor - accepted the award

Milestone: The final award of the night went to Emmerdale for Serial Drama with actress Olivia Bromley – who plays Dawn Taylor – accepted the award

A spokesperson for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: ‘After both feeling unwell Ant and Dec have tested for Covid and unfortunately have both tested positive. 

‘The duo will be postponing work commitments whilst they recover.’ 

The pair confirmed the news on their Instagram account, sharing a picture of their positive tests as they quipped: ‘we even get ill together!’  

Their absence at the star-studded NTAs won’t go unnoticed by viewers, who have voted for Ant and Dec to win best presenter for over two decades.

This year’s NTA shortlist featured more streamers than ever before, reflecting the changing broadcasting landscape.

Bowing out: A spokesperson for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: 'After both feeling unwell Ant and Dec have tested for Covid and unfortunately have both tested positive (pictured at the NTAs in 2021)

Bowing out: A spokesperson for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: ‘After both feeling unwell Ant and Dec have tested for Covid and unfortunately have both tested positive (pictured at the NTAs in 2021)

THE 2022 NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS WINNERS

NEW DRAMA 

Heartstopper

This Is Going To Hurt

Time

Trigger Point – WINNER

  

TALENT SHOW 

Britain’s Got Talent

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Strictly Come Dancing – WINNER

The Masked Singer 

 

AUTHORED DOCUMENTARY 

Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me 

Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek – WINNER

 Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next

Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism

Tom Parker: Inside My Head 

 

RETURNING DRAMA 

Bridgerton

Call the Midwife

Peaky Blinders – WINNER

The Split 

 

TV PRESENTER

Alison Hammond

Ant & Dec – WINNER

 Bradley Walsh

Graham Norton 

 

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT

Clarkson’s Farm

Gogglebox – WINNER

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

The Great British Bake Off 

 

DRAMA PERFORMANCE 

Cillian Murphy, Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders – WINNER

 Jonathan Bailey, Anthony Bridgerton, Bridgerton

Nicola Walker, Hannah, The Split

Vicky McClure, Lana Washington, Trigger Point 

 

THE BRUCE FOSRYTH ENTERTAINMENT AWARD 

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! – WINNER

 Taskmaster

The Graham Norton Show

SERIAL DRAMA

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale – WINNER

Neighbours 

 

EXPERT

 Jay Blades

Kaleb Cooper

Martin Lewis – WINNER

 Sir David Attenborough

 

SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE 

Mark Charnock, Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale – WINNER

 Paige Sandhu, Meena Jutla, Emmerdale

Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders

 

QUIZ GAME SHOW 

Beat the Chasers – WINNER

In for a Penny

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

The 1% Club

 

RISING STAR 

Charithra Chandran, Edwina Sharma, Bridgerton

Joe Locke, Charlie Spring, Heartstopper

Kit Connor, Nick Nelson, Heartstopper

Paddy Bever, Max Turner, Coronation Street – WINNER

  

DAYTIME 

Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

This Morning – WINNER

  

COMEDY

After Life- WINNER

Derry Girls

Not Going Out

Sex Education

 

TALENT SHOW JUDGE

Anton Du Beke – WINNER

David Walliams

Mo Gilligan

RuPaul

 



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