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Dermot O'Leary steps down as National Television Awards host after ten years

The broadcaster will "proudly pass on the baton" to his replacement as host of the NTAs

Published: Wednesday, 13th February 2019 at 12:54 pm

Dermot O'Leary has made the "tough decision" to quit as host of the National Television Awards after ten years.

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The broadcaster and TV personality said a decade felt "about right," after fronting every NTAs ceremony since 2010 alongside his other commitments including ITV's The X Factor and his Saturday morning breakfast show on BBC Radio 2.

"After 10 years of proudly hosting the National Television Awards, I have decided it’s time to step down as host," he wrote in a statement shared online. "It’s been a tough decision because we have had a ball over the last decade, but 10 years feels about right."

O'Leary added: "I would like to thank [production company] Indigo and my ITV family for a brilliant ten years and look forward to proudly passing on the baton in 2020... and a holiday in January!"

O'Leary hosted his most recent and (for now) final annual NTAs on 22nd January this year.

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At least there's plenty of time to find a new host in time for the next one in January 2020...


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