Piers Morgan is known to have left public figures aside – he now wants to downsize Britain’s most popular TV hosts.
Ant and Dec are the favorites to win the gong for best presenter at Thursday’s National Television Awards.
But their quest to win the award for the 20th year in a row could come up against a significant hurdle – in the form of rival candidate Piers.
The former Good Morning Britain host told the Mirror he was determined to dethrone the “two vain and glorious little Geordies”, adding that they had done “nothing special” in the past year.
Not only that, he’s thrilled at the prospect of ITV bosses squirming in their seats if he wins the award after his controversial GMB exit following his outburst over Meghan markle.
Piers, 56, has now been cleared by Ofcom on the comments, and he urged viewers to vote for him if they are outraged he was forced to quit the ITV show for expressing his opinion.
He said Ant and Dec, both 45, would also be horrified if he won the award – joking that the duo would need a standby medical team.
Piers added, “I deserve to win because everyone is fed up with Ant and Dec automatically winning this award, which is unrelated to reality.
“They didn’t do anything special last year, although they would admit it.
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“I think it’s time the procession came to a shaky stop and the Morgan train was rewarded with glory.
“We cannot have these two vain and glorious little Geordies for the 20th year in a row.
“Ant turned a year old when he hadn’t even worked. It’s ridiculous.
“I take a sheet of his book, I haven’t really done a lot of presentations in the last six months. So therefore, according to the Ant and Dec rule, I should get it.
Piers said if he triumphed over the duo, who host ITV shows like I’m a Celebrity…, it would be worth logging in just to see their reaction.
“Imagine the miserable expressions on the faces of these two,” he said.
“And if not only they don’t win … [but] have to see me scamper around and lift the prize, you may need to have a med team on standby to run and make sure they’re okay. We might need some scent salts for that one.
He also winked at the NTA bosses, saying it was unfair that Ant and Dec were nominated as a duo in the Best Presenter category. Piers said, “If they had to do it individually, how would they do it? I think it’s actually cheating to do it as a duo.
He is in a good mood. Ofcom recently ruled that its review of Meghan Markle – he told GMB in March that he didn’t “believe a word” of what she said during her and Prince harry the explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey – had not broken the broadcasting code. Piers, who was forced to quit the show after ITV chiefs failed to convince him to apologize to the Duchess of Sussex, said tonight’s victory would be “absolutely” the Cherry on the cake.
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He added: “It will obviously be embarrassing for ITV bosses if I end up being voted presenter of the year.
“I already had the best-selling book. If I were to then become TV Presenter of the Year as a result of what happened, I think it would be an “awks hashtag,” as they say in younger circles. Can you imagine how funny my speech will be if I beat Ant and Dec?
“I don’t know how long the show is, but there’s a lot to get out of my chest. “
Piers, married to Celia Walden, 45, was nominated for the award because it propelled GMB to its highest ratings and made it one of the most talked about TV shows.
Sitting alongside co-host Susanna Reid, 50, her gutting Cabinet ministers during the pandemic – especially then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock – was TV gold as viewers shared his indignation at the government’s handling of the crisis.
Piers says this hard-hitting public service journalism is worthy of winning the award on its own.
He added: “People have fond memories… they remember what Good Morning Britain did during the pandemic last year. I think we made one of the most remarkable TV news that this country has seen in a long time as a team.
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“I don’t think any broadcaster has held the government accountable as fiercely or as well as we have.”
Piers, also shortlisted for the NTA award alongside The Chase host Bradley Walsh and the stars of This Morning Holly willoughby and Alison Hammond, urged people to vote for him if they believe in free speech.
“I was removed from my post because I exercised my right to freedom of expression and expression,” he said. “And it has now been explained to the world that this is completely justified. I had the right to do so.
“So if you share my searing sense of injustice, push that vote button.”
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