Dermot O’Leary has announced that he is stepping down as the host of the National Television Awards.
The 45-year-old announced on Instagram that last month’s ceremony was his last.
“After 10 years of proudly hosting the National Television Awards, I have decided it’s time to step down as the host. It’s been a tough decision because we have had a ball over the last decade, but 10 years feels about right.” – Dermot O’Leary
The National Television Awards were first held in August 1995 at the Wembley Conference Centre with GMTV presenter Eamonn Holmes. The production was given a glamorous makeover for the following year moving to the Royal Albert Hall with News at Ten’s Sir Trevor McDonald taking on hosting duties to bring a touch of gravitas to proceedings.
In 2008, after thirteen annual nights of gong-giving, Sir Trevor retired from the programme which gave ITV a chance to ‘X Factor‘ the format with a more modern tone and direction. The new-look saw the show moved from a long-established October slot to January, with the first hosted by Dermot airing in the first month of 2010.
As part of the all-new populist format, the show bid farewell to the Royal Albert Hall relocating to its current venue, The O2 Arena, for the first time. As like the TV Times Awards, televised from the 1960s to the 1980s, the National Television Awards are voted for entirely by members of the public. This can lead to moments of greatness, and also moments of utter amazement and widespread bafflement
Dermot began his television career behind the scenes before moving into a presenting role on Channel 4’s youth-aimed slot T4.
“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!” – Dermot O’Leary