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Ant McPartlin has been the subject of huge backlash after he won the Best Presenter gong with his partner Declan Donnelly at Tuesday's National Television Awards.
The recovering star walked away victorious for the eighteenth year running, yet viewers were left furious as he has taken a lengthy hiatus from TV screens following his battle with drink and drug addiction and drink-drive arrest in March.
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While Twitter was swarmed with reaction, some hit out at his win due to the fact he had taken a break however others lauded the star, 43, for his win, with one user writing: 'We are all more than our mistakes or failures'.
Ant and Dec were unable to collect the gong in person due to a scheduling conflict with the forthcoming series of Britain's Got Talent.
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Auditions for the long-running talent show kicked off at London Palladium in January, with Ant returning to work seven months after his second spell in residential rehabilitation, where he received treatment for substance and alcohol abuse issues.
In the midst of his recovery, Ant stunned fans when he was arrested for drink-driving while in his car with his mum where he hit a car containing a four-year-old who was hospitalised, leading to a £86,000 fine and a 20 month driving ban.
Presenter - Year - Recovery - Friend - Dec
The presenter has spent much of the year focusing on his recovery, resulting in close friend Dec hosting the final episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway – including a live finale shot on location in Florida – alone.
Despite their delight, viewers were divided by Ant and Dec's win as some claimed they did not deserve it due to Ant's recent presenting break.
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Enraged Twitter users took to the social media site to pen: 'Ant and Dec win an award when one of them hasn't worked for a year? Goes to show what a...
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