David Walliams to host the 2020 National Television Awards

David Walliams at NTAs
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Dermot decided to step down after 10 years so now it's David's turn!

David Walliams is taking over from Dermot O’Leary as the new host of the National Television Awards.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge will take to the stage on Tuesday 28th January 2020 to front the 25th anniversary ceremony.

Dermot O'Leary NTAs 2019

Dermot hosted the 2019 event - his final ceremony after 10 years (Image credit: ITV)

The 48-year-old star, who’s won several awards at the event in previous years, declared he was “thrilled” to be the new presenter of the annual awards bash. “I am thrilled to be the new host of the NTAs, and will ensure I will also win them all,” he joked.

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NTA’s creator and Executive Producer, Kim Turberville, added: “The National Television Awards are coming soon and we have two more exciting reasons to celebrate in January 2020 – it will be the NTA’s 25th anniversary AND our host is the brilliant David Walliams.

“David is a man of so many talents - a comedian, actor, best-selling author, TV Judge and charity fundraising hero… and we look forward to him now being the NTA’s Celebrator-in-Chief in this very special year.”

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Early this year Dermot announced he was stepping down from the hosting job he’d had for 10 years.

He posted on Instagram: “After 10 years of proudly hosting the National Television Awards, I have decided it’s time to step down as host. It’s been a tough decision because we have had a ball over the last decade, but 10 years feels about right. I would like to thank 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.”

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The 2020 National Television Awards, hosted by David Walliams, will be shown live on ITV on January 28th, 2020.

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