NTAs host Joel Dommett reveals he'll miss key part of the event – with secret presenter stepping in if wife gives birth | The Sun

JOEL Dommett has given a big hint as to who will take over from him at the National Television Awards should his wife Hannah go into labour mid show.

Not only does the comedian have to oversee one of the biggest nights in British television, he has to do so knowing his other half could give birth at any moment.

Fortunately there is a back up plan if Joel, 38, is called away on urgent family business.

Speaking on Hits Radio today, he teased the stand in will be seated in one of the front rows.

He said: "Hannah is very much ready to give birth! She hasn’t given birth as of now so that’s great news for me as I’m sure the production team are ready to replace me at any moment.

"I think I have a stand-in, but they won’t tell me who it is. I assume they’ll be there tonight but that’s the best thing about the NTAs – if it does happen during the ceremony everyone who could replace me is there right in front of me!"


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Despite the nervy countdown to the ceremony, Joel remains confident he will get the job done and said Hannah, 32, will be relaxing backstage while he does his thing.

He said: "At the moment we think she’s just going to come and hang in the dressing room because – I’ll be honest on Hits Radio – we couldn’t find a dress. And she’s so pregnant now – she’s six foot tall and essentially with another human being underneath her stomach – and dresses don’t come in that size. You put them on and you look like Mrs Doubtfire."

One aspect of the event Joel won't be present for is the after-party, with the soon-to-be dad not pushing his luck when it comes to staying out too late.

Joel first hooked up with Hannah after she sent him a direct message on Instagram in 2016, when he did I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here! and finished second to Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt.

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The couple wed three years later in an intimate ceremony on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Since then their lives have been a whirlwind as his showbiz star has soared, seeing him mix with the likes of Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and Holly Willoughby.

The Masked Singer host now has a stellar cast of celebrity chums to turn to for advice as he enters a new chapter of his life.

Joel said: “I’m really, really excited. I feel very scared but in a really nice way — just very lucky.

“We’ve kept the baby’s sex secret — it’s practically the only thing we have kept secret so it is nice to have something just for us. But we are really excited to welcome a little human into the world.

“I’ve had lovely advice. [Waterloo Road actor and Strictly star] Adam Thomas has said you’ll never be ready but you just sort of deal with it, and it’s the best thing you’ll ever do. Holly Willoughby gave me lovely advice, too — she told me that all you can do is love them.”

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