Piers Morgan goes head to head with Bradley Walsh as ITV hosts battle it out for NTA

GMB: Piers Morgan claims he ‘won’t lose’ at NTA's

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Piers Morgan, 56, has been shortlisted for a National Television Award months after leaving Good Morning Britain. Piers parted from his role as host of the ITV show after refusing to apologise for comments made about Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex following her Oprah Winfrey interview. However, the controversial journalist and TV presenter has continued to host Piers Morgan’s Life Stories for ITV and his work on the network has seen him land a nod at the NTAs 2021 opposite The Chase frontman, Bradley Walsh.

The National Television Awards are returning on September 9 as Joel Dommett hosts the star-studded awards do.

Piers Morgan has been nominated for the TV Presenter prize for his role on the daytime breakfast show Good Morning Britain and Life Stories on ITV.

His nomination may come as a surprise for some viewers after he abruptly left his presenting role on Good Morning Britain after a debate occurred with co-star Alex Beresford over Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

He claimed he did not believe Meghan’s comments in the interview with Oprah, leading to more than 57,000 complaints lodged with the broadcasting regulatory body Ofcom.

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Piers claimed his refusal to apologise for the comments made about the Duchess of Sussex led to him and GMB parting ways. 

Piers will compete against Bradley Walsh for the presenter gong, with the latter becoming a fan-favourite on ITV quiz show, The Chase.

Regular NTA winners Ant and Dec are also up for an award thanks to their work on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Both Piers and Bradley have lost out on their nominations year after year as Ant and Dec have successfully won the TV Presenter prize for 19 years in a row.

Ant and Dec also won The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment award for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in last year’s awards.

Piers’ former co-star Kate Garraway has also been shortlisted in the new category of authored documentary for her emotional look at how the pandemic destroyed her family in Finding Derek.

The hour-long film is a candid and powerful look into how the GMB presenter’s husband Derek Draper has been affected by COVID-19 and the impact it had on their family.

One scene saw her recall being told by Derek’s doctors that he was the most seriously ill person they had seen who remained alive.

The awards ceremony will see all the aforementioned stars and many others come together to see who will bad this year’s prize – including the cast of the successful drama Line of Duty.

Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings), Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) and Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) are all in the running for best drama actor, alongside Olly Alexander for It’s A Sin.

David Tennent’s performance in Des, a drama about serial killer Dennis Nilsen, has also earned him a nod in the best actor category.

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A documentary dedicated to the late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has been shortlisted for the factual prize.

As always, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks are all nominated for the best serial drama. 

While talent shows The Masked Singer, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing all receive nominations.

Last year, Emmerdale took home the NTA for serial drama for the fourth year in a row in 2020. The ITV soap has been nominated every year since 1995, only missing out in 2009.

While he’s nominated this year, Piers has previously spoken out about boycotting ‘utterly pointless’ NTA’s as he said it was “inevitable” GMB would lose out to This Morning in the 2020 nominations.

Speaking on GMB, he ranted: “I wish Holly [Willoughby] and Phil [Schofield] all the best. Fingers crossed guys, hope you do it again, and Ant and Dec for the 20th time.

“It was a celebration last night for 25 years of the NTAs. Why bother? It’s literally groundhog day. Even when Ant had a year off walking his dog, he got an award. It’s ridiculous.

“So I’m afraid this year I’m voting with my feet. This year, you are banned from voting Good Morning Britain, Britain. So do not vote for us.”

Good Morning Britain lost out to This Morning last year for the Live Magazine Show Prize, making it their 14th win at the NTA’s.

The National Television Awards returns on September 9, 2021, on ITV. 
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