Ant and Dec HIT BACK at critics after winning Best Presenter award at the NTAs

They won the award for the 18th year in a row!

Ant and Dec

by Alex Ross |
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It's been a busy week for Geordie TV presenter Ant McPartlin. Not only did he return to work at Britain's Got Talent, the 43-year-old was crowned the winner of the Best Presenter award alongside Dec Donnelly at last night's National Television Awards, despite taking the last year off to recover from his addictions.

Although This Morningpresenter Holly Willoughby was dubbed the favourite to end Ant and Dec's 17-year reign, the boys were once again crowned the winners during last night's awards.

After a number of viewers took to Twitter to vent their frustration at Ant winning the award, the I'm A Celebrity hosts have now hit back, retweeting a post on their social media accounts.

The tweet in question was published by an account called Celebrity Secrets, and it read, 'To those of you who are hating: Ant McPartlin hosted all 6 of the @BGT audition episodes last year & 3 of the @ITVTakeaway live shows, so he is eligible & they both deserve it. #NTAs.' [sic]

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Although they weren't at London's O2 Arena to pick up their award, Ant and Dec thanked their fans via a video link from the Britain's Got Talent auditions.

As they both teared up as they accepted the award, Ant said, "I really don't think I can accept this award this year. The one reason we won this year is this guy [Dec] - his hard work, dedication, funniness and being the best mate that is out there."

A gobsmacked Dec then added, "This year, probably more than ever, thank you to everyone who picked up the phone and voted for us."

Check out the best dressed at the 2019 NTA Awards:

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Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott got us hot under the collar in her hot pink and red contrasting suit. The singer paired her co-ord with a luxe Prada bag and gold heels.

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AJ Odudu

AJ Odudu glistened in her olive green sparkle suit. The TV presenter paired her suit with large hoop earrings.

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Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley is on a winning streak. After coming first place in Strictly Come Dancing, the documentary maker has continued to win us over with her sleek style - not to mention that sultry smokey eye makeup.

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Holly Willoughby

Holly may have lost out to Ant and Dec for the TV entertainment presenter award, but the star is winning all the style stake with her blush pink & black polkadot dress.

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Lorraine Kelly

Lorraine wowed in her elegant black velvet dress. The TV presenter opted for an off-the-shoulder look, which she paired with drop earrings and a silver clutch - she even matched her shoes with metallic accents.

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Katie Piper

Katie Piper looked pretty in pink in her delicate gown. The star oozed glamour in flowing organza fabric and intricate lace.

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Emily Atack

Emily stunned audiences in her black dress. The I'm a celeb star looked effortlessly glamorous with her red lipstick and dress slit.

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Rochelle Humes

We love Rochelle's subtle white gown. Not only did we lust after her enviable fashion, but the TV star gave us all the couple-goals with beau, Marvin Humes.

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Georgia Toffolo

Georgia Toffolo wowed in her low cut red ruffle dress. The thick waistband showed off the Made in Chelsea's star tiny waist.

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Laura Whitmore

Another star who ditched the traditional dress for a luxe trouser suit was Laura Whitmore, who paired her look with a star bag and chunky black heels.

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Jacqueline Jossa

Jacqueline Jossa looked beautiful in her classic white white. The Eastenders actress put on a happy display with partner, Dan Osbourne.

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Scarlett Moffatt

Scarlett Moffatt displayed her amazing curves in her V-neck black embellished dress. We love Scarlett's loose up-do and tussled black feathers on her shoulder straps.

Check out all of the other winners from the NTA Awards right here.

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