NTAs drama explained as Ant and Dec cancel, top guests ‘nervous’ and Covid hits guestlist

Drama has already unfolded before the festivities have even begun at the National Television Awards, which are set to take place tonight, Thursday 13 October.

The annual affair – typically dominated by This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, as well as I’m A Celebrity’s Ant and Dec – will take place in London at Wembley’s OVO Arena, with TV fans able to tune into the event at 8pm on ITV.

While the event hasn’t even started, there have already been a string of dramas, including the date of the highly-anticipated affair being moved and some stars having to pull out of attending due to contracting Covid.

Date gets pushed back

The decision was made to postpone the eventfollowing the passing of the late Her Majesty the Queen on 8 September.

Initially the NTAs were set to take place on 15 September, but as a sign of respect to the late monarch, the awards show was pushed back by a month.

A statement released at the time read: “ITV and Indigo Television have taken the decision to reschedule this year’s National Television Awards; the ceremony will now take place on Thursday October 13, live from the OVO Arena Wembley.

“All tickets will remain valid for the new date.”

Guestlist drama as celebs contract Covid

Over two years on from the start of the pandemic, coronavirus is still affecting people’s everyday lives, with a string of celebs having to duck out of the awards after contracting the virus.

Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha has had to pull out of the event due to a suspected case of Covid-19.

Sharing a video from her sickbed, Nadia, 57, held up her NTAs ticket as she regretfully said: "Look what I just got delivered on a bike. It's very fancy. National Television Awards.

"There it all is. Guess who won't be going to the National Television Awards…", as she frowned to the camera.

Nadia joins Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly in bowing out of the NTAs as the TV favourites confirmed they have tested positive for the virus.

Taking to their shared Instagram story, the pair quipped that they “even get ill together” as they showed two positive Covid tests.

“After feeling unwell a few days ago we both tested positive for Covid,” the hosting duo penned beneath the snap.

“We’re resting up at home and are so sorry we can’t be at the @officialntas. Best of luck everyone and get well soon to everyone else in the same boat.”

The I'm A Celebrity hosts have won Best Presenter for 20 years running.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield's snub amid queue-gate

This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were shockingly snubbed from the NTAs nominations this year.

Since the nominations were announced, the pair have found themselves embroiled in controversy, due to accusations that they jumped the queue at the late Queen's Lying-In-State, in what has since been dubbed "queue-gate".

Following on from this controversy, ITV bosses were said to be concerned that the pair could be booed by crowds if they choose to attend this year's award ceremony.

"They could be booed walking down the red carpet or even on stage. It’s a major concern," a source was quoted as telling The Sun.

While not nominated for any awards themselves, Phil and Holly have both wished good luck to fellow This Morning presenter Alison Hammond.

Holly, 41, wrote on her Instagram Stories: "Our girl Alison Hammond is up for an NTA."

While Phil, 60, penned: "Good luck tonight Alison Hammond."

Christine McGuinness 'nervous' at facing ex Paddy

Christine and Paddy McGuinness have received a nomination for their documentary Our Family and Autism, which looked at their experiences of bringing up three children, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism.

However, since making this documentary, the couple have split up, with many fans left wondering if the former couple will have to face each other at tonight's NTAs.

It has since been reported that Paddy, 48, will not be attending the awards ceremony, over fears that his attendance could be a distraction from the success of the show.

Christine, 34, is set to still attend the ceremony, but took to Instagram to tell her followers she's rather nervous about the night.

She said: "I'm really anxious. I'm quite nervous just because of everything – obviously it's not the best situation, but I haven't done anything wrong.

"I know what a big difference the documentary has made and I know how hard the whole team worked on it so I'm going to go and try and hold my head up high and just enjoy the night."


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