Tuesday 19 September 2017

Norton has 'bridges to build' after forgetting to thank mother in awards speech

Graham Norton with the Special Recognition Award. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images
Graham Norton with the Special Recognition Award. Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

Lucy Mapstone

Graham Norton has joked that his British National Television Awards (NTA) prize will "turn to hell" after he forgot to thank his mother while on stage.

The host of 'The Graham Norton Show', who has been presenting chat shows for around 20 years, picked up the special recognition prize for his service to broadcasting.

Mary Berry punches the air after winning the Best TV Judge award last night. Photo: Getty
Mary Berry punches the air after winning the Best TV Judge award last night. Photo: Getty

Accepting the award from actor Hugh Bonneville, a teary Norton said: "Look I know, I know, I know, this is a sort of NTAs pity party because it's the only way I can get one of these over Ant and Dec.

"I feel so old; I feel like the NTAs have invited me to my own funeral. Turns out it was great - Will Smith and my mother were there."

The star thanked his management but realised while walking off stage he had omitted his mother.

He said backstage: "This lovely award will turn to hell because as I was walking off I thought, 'Oh my God I forgot to thank my mother', so what I need to be doing is phone her and build some bridges."

'Mrs Brown's Boys' won the accolade of best comedy programme, fending off competition from 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Benidorm' and 'Orange Is The New Black'.

Brendan O'Carroll thanked the public for voting.

Meanwhile, former 'Great British Bake Off' star Mary Berry was named best TV judge.

Irish Independent

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