Dermot O’Leary has announced he’s no longer going to be hosting the NTAs.
In an Instagram statement, he wrote: “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!”
The 45-year-old TV and radio presenter recently hit headlines when he joked that he would quit showbiz if Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly won their Best Presenter gong at the National Television Awards.
He told the Mirror it would be time to throw in the towel if Ant and Dec picked up the award for the 18th consecutive year, after Ant spent 10 months out of the spotlight to focus on getting sober.
The Geordie duo of course did win the award – beating Holly Willoughby, Philip Schofield and Bradley Walsh – and in their joyful acceptance speech cheekily wished Dermot a “happy retirement”.
Dermot is married to Norwegian film director and producer Dee Koppang O’Leary, with who he has two cats and, as yet, no children.
“I definitely want kids, but I’ve got a very busy wife with a very busy life,” he told Fabulous magazine in 2015.
“I want them when we both think it’s the right thing to happen. It’s not fair for me to say, ‘I want kids now.'”