NTAs: Lorraine Kelly explains absence and congratulates Kate Garraway

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Lorraine was nowhere to be seen at last night’s NTAs (Picture: PA/Rex)

Lorraine Kelly has revealed she had to skip the biggest awards show of the year so far, the National TV Awards, to conduct a very exciting interview with a sporting legend.

Last night saw a host of names from our TV sets come up trumps, with Line of Duty and Ant and Dec amongst the big winners at the glitzy event.

A particularly emotional moment came when Kate Garraway was awarded the trophy for the new authored documentary category for her programme Finding Derek about her husband’s battle with Covid-19.

However, there were a few stars missing from last night’s prestigious TV awards at the O2 Arena, including the notably absent Lorraine.

The chat show host today revealed she was missing from the ceremony due to conducting an interview with Billie Jean King, who video called from New York.

She explained in her Hello! column: ‘Instead of putting on my glad rags for the NTA Awards as I have done many times in the past, I was instead at home interviewing the legendary tennis icon Billie Jean King on a Zoom call from New York.

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Jul 1982: Billie Jean King of the USA in action during the Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon in London. \ Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport

Lorraine was interviewing Billie Jean King during her absence from the NTAs (Picture: Getty Images)

Billie Jean has always been a huge pioneer for equality and social justice in the sporting world and took on an iconic ‘Battle of the Sexes’ tennis match against 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, which has since been turned into a film starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell.

Lorraine also congratulated her ITV co-star Kate on her well-deserved win after showing the true cost of Covid through her husband Derek Draper’s time with the illness in her documentary.

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Kate proudly showed off her gong on Friday’s GMB (Picture Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)

The presenter added: ‘After I interviewed Billie Jean, I turned on the TV in time to see my wonderful friend Kate Garraway win an NTA for her incredible documentary about her Covid-stricken husband Derek.

‘Kate gave the most moving, articulate and heartfelt speech and quite rightly received a standing ovation.

‘Congratulations to all the winners and I’m sure I will be back at the NTAs next year to cheer on Ant and Dec to their 21st win in a row as our top TV presenters!’ joked the star.

Ant and Dec last night won the Best Presenter gong for the 20th year in a row, beating competition from the likes of Piers Morgan and Alison Hammond.

Lorraine airs every weekday from 9am on ITV.

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