ANT and Dec have been snubbed by one of telly’s top awards after failing to receive a nomination for the first time in NINE years.
The Geordie pair, both 43, have not made the shortlist for the Royal Television Society’s glittering ceremony after winning there five times since 2010.
Rex Features Ant and Dec have been big winners at the RTS Awards for years
Their absence leaves the field wide open in the Best Entertainment Performance category, where Big Narstie and Mo Gilligan, The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson and Michael McIntyre will now fight it out.
While the pair picked up the National Television Award for Best Presenter for the 18th time in a row in January, it was not without controversy.
Ant McPartlin had barely appeared on TV at all after taking a ten-month hiatus from TV work following a drink driving conviction and a stint in rehab.
Piers Morgan wasted little time blasting the pair for even being nominated, saying that Ant has been “walking the dog for a year” – comments for which he later apologised.
Piers Morgan insists Ant McPartlin shouldn’t win a National Television Award as he’s ‘just walked his dog all year’
Rex Features Ant was absent from I’m A Celeb for the first time last year
PA:Press Association Smash hit Bodyguard has also failed to make the cut at the RTS Awards
However, Ant and Dec aren’t the only big names to fail to make the cut at the RTS Awards this year – with The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing failing to get nominated either.
Last year’s smash hit Bodyguard also hasn’t been shortlisted for Best Drama, with Peaky Blinders, Killing Eve and Save Me left to battle for the prize.
The police thriller’s stars Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden have been snubbed in the acting categories.
RTS chief executive Theresa Wise had earlier said: “The awards list is quite simply the most diverse ever.”
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly break into a victory dance on stage at Britain’s Got Talent audition after winning 18th consecutive NTA
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