National Television Awards 2023: Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond dazzle on red carpet among other celebrities.

National Television Awards: A Night of Glitz and Controversy

As the National Television Awards unfolded, the spotlight shone on the glamorous attire of the presenters. Holly Willoughby, one of the hosts of This Morning, made a stunning appearance in a sleeveless lavender gown. Her ITV colleague, Alison Hammond, also dazzled the red carpet in a black dress paired with a cape, adding to the evening’s fashion highlights.

Defending the Title Amid Controversy

The ITV daytime show, This Morning, entered the awards night with the goal of defending its title as the best daytime show. This pursuit came amidst the ongoing controversy surrounding Phillip Schofield’s resignation from ITV in May. Schofield, aged 61, had confessed to an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a younger male colleague on the show, leading to a shake-up within the program.

Presenters Nominated and Recognized

Schofield and Willoughby were initially long-listed for the best TV presenter category, alongside fellow This Morning hosts Alison Hammond, Dermot O’Leary, Rylan Clark, and Martin Lewis. However, only Alison Hammond and Martin Lewis secured spots on the shortlist, leaving fans and industry watchers curious about the outcome.

Posthumous Recognitions

The awards ceremony included posthumous recognitions for two notable figures. The late Paul O’Grady, who passed away earlier in the year, received a nomination in the factual entertainment category for his show For The Love Of Dogs. Dame Deborah James, who tragically lost her battle with bowel cancer in 2022, was named in the authored documentary category for Bowelbabe In Her Own Words.

Diversity and Change in the TV Industry

On the red carpet, Sir Lenny Henry emphasized the ongoing change in the TV industry with regard to diversity. He acknowledged the increased representation of people of color, individuals with disabilities, and those with tattoos. However, he reminded everyone that the fight for diversity and inclusion is far from over, and it remains an ongoing battle.

Piers Morgan’s Award Nomination

Piers Morgan, known for his candid interviews, was nominated in the TV interviews category at the NTAs for Piers Morgan Uncensored on Talk TV. On the red carpet, Morgan humorously suggested that people would “rather shoot themselves” than give him an award. He expressed confidence in his category, asserting that few could rival the significant interviews he had conducted over the past year.

Joel Dommett’s Humorous Start

Comedian Joel Dommett set the tone for the evening as he kicked off the awards ceremony with a humorous anecdote. He revealed that his wife, Hannah Cooper, was nine months pregnant and due to give birth imminently. In jest, he mentioned that Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were on standby to rush her to the hospital if needed.

Gogglebox Wins First Award

The first award of the night, The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, was claimed by Gogglebox, the popular reality TV series. It triumphed over tough competition, including The Masked Singer, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, and Saturday Night Takeaway, hosted by Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

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