Zoe Ball threatens to 'strike' if Ant and Dec win NTA again as she backs BBC pal for win

Zoe Ball doesn’t want Ant and Dec to take home the Best Presenter gong at the National Television Awards 2023 on Tuesday night.

The famous pair have bagged the award 21 times consecutively and this year are up against Alison Hammond, Bradley Walsh, Claudia Winkleman and Martin Lewis.

Discussing the event on her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show today, Zoe, 52, joked she will go on strike if BBC star Claudia or ITV’s Alison do not take the trophy home.

The presenter shared her thoughts alongside co-star Richie Anderson, who called for the award to be split three ways.

As the pair read through the event’s nominations list, Zoe began by saying Sarah Lancashire should “surely” bag the win for Best Drama Performance tonight.

The host also said she would love to see Michelle Keegan’s Brassic win Best Comedy, although believes Ted Lasso will take the victory.

When she got to the Best Presenter category, she added of Ant and Dec: “So presenter, every year this happens… who won last year? Did Ant and Dec win again?

“Why don’t they do that sort of thing, just step back and go, ‘Thank you very much but we want to let someone else have a go, you can’t vote for us’.

“Take themselves out of the running. If they don’t give it to Claudia Winkleman or Alison Hammond, then I might go on strike,” she added in good humour.

Richie then put forward the idea of Zoe’s preferred winners and the double act sharing the award.

Liking the idea, she replied: “Can they share it? Slice it up, someone bring a metal cutter.”

As well as the Best Presenter gong, Zoe said she’d also like to see Claudia’s show The Traitors win Best Reality Competition.

Ant and Dec were forced to miss last year’s ceremony due to being “struck down with lurgy”.

Instead, they told fans they were “over the moon” to win the gong “yet again” via their official shared Twitter account.

To accept the award on their behalf was Stephen Mulhern, who hilariously ripped up their pre-written speech and made it his own.

The twosome will return to their front-row seats this evening, in the hope of winning for a 22nd time.

Their rival Alison has been up for the award for the last three years, but is yet to beat the duo.

Could it be her winning year tonight?

The National Television Awards kicks off tonight at 8pm on ITV with Joel Dommett on hosting duties.

source: express.co.uk