Ant & Dec banned from entering NTA’s

Ant & Dec will no longer be eligible to enter the National Television Awards under new plans, it has been reported.

Organisers at the annual ceremony have allegedly decided to remove the pair from the shortlist after tiring of them winning the ‘Entertainment Presenter’ prize – which they’ve secured for the past 11 years in a row.

Ant & Dec collect the Entertainment Presenter award during the 2012 NTA Awards

Producer Indigo Television instead plans to name the award after Ant & Dec as a tribute to their past success in the category, The Sun reports.

“Ant & Dec have taken more awards than any other show or star in the ceremony’s 17-year history,” a source said.

“So now there’s talk they will step out of the competition to give others a chance and organisers will rebrand the category ‘The Ant & Dec Entertainment Presenter Award’.

“It will be news to them and the idea will depend on whether they want to go along with it. They might just say ‘No’, in which case the organisers can’t not let them enter.”

Mark Wright recently described Ant & Dec as his “heroes”, confessing that they inspired him to become a presenter following his I’m A Celebrity stint.