Saturday 19 January 2019

Tess and Bruno in right old pickle after forgetting to mention Len

Winners Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield of This Morning
Winners Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield of This Morning
Strictly Come Dancing’s Tess Daly with the award for Best Talent Show
Former judge Len Goodman

Former Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman was struck a double blow at the National Television Awards.

Having seen the top judge accolade go to the Great British Bake Off's Mary Berry, he was then forgotten in a thank-you speech when Strictly won best talent show.

Goodman, who was not present at the ceremony at London's O2 Arena, appeared on the BBC dancing show for 12 years before stepping down at the end of the most recent series.


Viewers took to social media to complain when Goodman (72) was not mentioned by name when Strictly co-host Tess Daly and judge Bruno Tonioli accepted the talent show gong.

Awards show host Dermot O'Leary prompted Tonioli to mention Goodman with only moments of the programme left to go.

Daly thanked her co-host Claudia Winkleman, who was absent, and "our fabulous panel of judges", but did not mention the recently departed Goodman by name.

Following O'Leary's mention, Tonioli added: "Len is doing his farewell show, he's pickling his walnuts as we speak. They are nice and polished. I'm sure he'll be delighted with this award."

A stunned Berry (81) said: "The greatest reward is that all the young are baking and everybody is sitting down at 8pm, the whole family - gran, the baby in arms.

"There's no swearing, it's the best programme and I'm so grateful, and thank you very much."

This Morning won best live magazine show, but presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield did not get tattooed after their win, despite promising to do so when they accepted their award on Wednesday night.

Yesterday morning, Willoughby joked: "Unfortunately, tattoo salons aren't open that late."

Meanwhile, Nadia Sawalha, of rival magazine show Loose Women, appeared to swear when This Morning won.

When one fan tweeted, "highlight of NTA was Nadia's reaction to This Morning's win", Sawalha replied. "Whoops!"

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