Inside the NTAs – From Judy Finnigans bra flash to Holly and Phil scandal

Judy Finnigan exposes bra at National Television Awards

The televised ceremony has had its fair share of shocking moments over the years from the downright hilarious to some awkward encounters.

Express.co.uk takes an inside look into the National Television Awards (NTAs) from wardrobe malfunctions, to presenters being booed by fans and infamous walkouts.

Judy Finnigan suffers wardrobe malfunction

Judy Finnigan and her husband Richard Madeley are best remembered as the daytime duo on This Morning but viewers may recall an awkward moment that they may wish to forget.

Back in 2000, the married couple took to the stage to accept an award for their hosting duties on This Morning.

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But Judy failed to notice that her black blazer had slipped open, exposing her bra to millions of viewers.

She noticed the blunder and pulled her jacket together before she covered her mouth in shock while the audience cheered.

The moment was seen by 12 million viewers who were tuning into the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall and it was even voted the “funniest TV blunder ever” in a poll.

The couple’s daughter Chloe Madeley later told The Sun that her mum saw the funny side, saying: “Oh, it’s fine. It’s funny. Thank God I was wearing a bra. Imagine if I hadn’t been.”

Holly and Phil get booed over “queuegate” scandal

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were booed by the audience at last year’s ceremony as they accepted the Best Daytime Award for This Morning.

It comes after the presenting duo sparked outrage amid claims the pair had skipped the queue when they went to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II at her lying in state in September 2022.

When taking to the stage, neither addressed the controversy, but Phil said the award means “so much to us every year, especially this year”.

He added: “Please don’t think we ever get complacent and please don’t think we ever take it for granted. This means so much to us every year, especially this year. We have the best boss.”

Holly shared: “This Morning has a very special relationship with you, you make our show for us, you really do. All these guys on the stage here, Alison [Hammond] and Dermot [O’Leary], Rochelle [Humes] and Vernon [Kay], Josie [Gibson], everyone. Thank you for all your support.”

This Morning has won Best Daytime for many years but there are doubts this year on whether the ITV show will scoop the award after being hit with further controversy this year.

In May Phil admitted to an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a much younger colleague and has stepped down from ITV altogether.

Loose Women star abruptly leaves NTAs

Denise Welch admitted she had left the National Television Awards early after seeing Loose Women lose out to This Morning once again in 2020.

At the time, she tweeted: “I’m in the car on the way home. Sick of doing the losers face and pretending to not care we didn’t win!! #ntas.”

According to numerous press reports, Nadia Sawalha was also less than thrilled; she was seemingly caught on camera saying to co-star Stacey Solomon, “I’m not happy!” as the result was announced.

That same year Piers Morgan also said he would boycott the award ceremony because he was sick of the same people winning on the night.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter tweeted at the time: “I can hardly bare the suspense to see if Ant & Dec and Holly & Phil win again, or Walliams gives himself an award. The #NTAs are always SO tenseโ€ฆ SO unpredictable!”

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