Fears that ITV nominees were going to be booed at the National Television Awards appear to have come true.
ITV bosses reportedly feared that This Morning stars might be booed following the scandal that has engulfed the programme since Phillip Schofield dramatically left the show in May.
Phillip, 62, sensationally quit all of his TV roles following the admission that he had an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger male colleague.
Viewers watching the show at home heard booing from the crowd when the This Morning team appeared on screen.
Joel Dommett introduced Holly, Alison, Dermot and the rest of the team when the crowd reacted.
Fans were quick to take to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share what they heard.
One fan viewer said: “I heard boos for this morning I’m sorry if they win after all that’s happened, it’s a fix #NTAs2023.”
A second said: “Piers Morgan got more boos than This Morning lmao #NTAs2023.”
Whilst a third supported the This Morning team, writing: “People need to give the whole @thismorning drama a rest, there is zero need to boo someone you’ve never met but feel you “know” #NTAs2023.”
There were also concerns that fans may have taken aim at the cast and crew of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!.
Worries were raised due to Matt Hancock’s controversial appearance in the show. His participation attracted over 1,000 Ofcom complaints.
Despite the backlash, the reality TV show is up for the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award, whilst show hosts Ant and Dec are up for the Best TV Presenter award.
Speaking of the worries, a source has claimed: “Bosses see this win as proof of I’m A Celebrity’s ongoing popularity but also a reflection of the fact that it returned to form in 2022 after Covid forced it to be filmed in the UK rather than Australia for two years.
“They don’t want that glorious moment on stage to be affected by anything negative, but they also know the strength of feeling against Matt.”
Piers Morgan was also booed as Joel pointed him out to the audience. Piers took it in good humour as the TalkTV host laughed and shook his head at the crowd’s reaction.