Stephen Mulhern rips up Ant and Decs speech and steals NTA after accepting prize for them

Stephen Mulhern hilariously ripped up Ant and Dec 's speech onstage at the National Television Awards as he accepted the award for Best Presenter on their behalf.

The much-loved Geordie presenters won the award for the 21st year in a row, proving they're still as popular as ever, thanks to their hosting roles on some of the UK's biggest shows, including Britain's Got Talent and I'm A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here!.

They fended off competition from Alison Hammond, Bradley Walsh and Graham Norton to secure the award once again.

Unfortunately, Ant, 47, and Dec, 46, were unable to collect the prize in person as they had both recently tested positive for Covid, which left their Saturday Night Takeaway co-host and longtime friend, Stephen, to pick it up for them.

Collecting the award, Stephen, 47, said that Ant and Dec had given him a speech to read but he ripped it up saying he was “not going to read any of that dripple”.


He added: “Full respect to the guys, 21 years on the trot, come on. But the reality is, this baby is coming home with me.”

The presenter, whose friendly rivalry with Ant and Dec goes back years, then revealed he had had his own plaque made, inscribed with “The Nation’s Favourite Presenter – Stephen Mulhern”.

The official Twitter account for Ant and Dec posted a tweet tagging Stephen in which it joked: "Oi @StephenMulhern, it took ages to write that speech!!!

"Thank you SO much for voting for us, it is always appreciated and never taken for granted. You’ve made us feel tons better! Huge love. #NTAs #NTA2022."

Stephen reposted it alongside a snap of himself kissing the award as he wrote: "You’ve got too many! I’ll look after this for a few years… All joking aside, nobody deserves it more! @antanddec."

Not long before that, Stephen found himself baffled after Emmerdale actor Danny Miller appeared to take a swipe at him as Danny accepted an award on behalf of I'm A Celebrity.

During his somewhat awkward speech, Danny said: "Just on behalf of Ant and Dec, who unfortunately have Covid so they can't be here tonight.

"Stephen Mulhern is in the crowd so I'm not sure why he hasn't accepted this award on behalf of them," as the camera then cut to a very baffled-looking Stephen, who pulled a confused face.


Viewers of the show were also left confused at the jab, with one writing: "#NTAs weird comment there by Danny about Stephen mulhern?"

Another wrote: Not sure Danny was insulting Stephen…think he got his shoes mixed up … @StephenMulhern should get one for #InForAPenny #NTAs

A third tweeted: "LMAO what was Stephen Mulhern's face there looool," whilst a fourth wrote: "Stephen Mulhern is twice the man you will ever be mate."

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