All the gossip from the National Television Awards…..

Posted by Dean Piper On January 24th, 2010

*Stephen Fry couldn’t help but take a funny pop at Piers Morgan at the NTAs. He said: “I heard Piers Morgan was in the same travel category as me for his documentary on Dubai. He’s quite similar to that place…shiny, vulgar, garish and embarrassing.” And the sarcasm continued to flow when it came to discussing Jedward. Stephen, who says he’s planning to reunite with his comedy partner Hugh Laurie to mark their 30th anniversary later in the year, added: “I’m so excited that I will be able to tell the grandchildren I will never have that I was here with Jedward tonight.”

*Kym Marsh says she’s loving being on new show Popstar to Operastar. She told me: “It’s an amazing show to be involved with and great to be singing again. I’m learning a lot being on the show.” Meanwhile Kym’s former Hear’Say bandmate Myleene Klass spent time with me joking around with breadsticks in the ITV private box. Don’t ask!

*What does one buy a notorious drinker like Carol McGiffin for her 50th birthday? Erm, wine. Coleen Nolan revealed: “I’m getting her a case of vintage wine – because like wine, women get better with age.” Erm, not everyone, Coleen.

*James Corden’s excuse for sporting a beard at the awards was just done to being lazy! He laughed: “I’m growing a beard out of sheer laziness, I’ve not been taking advice from the Brian Friedman school of grooming. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to even get out of bed.”

*Watch out Jedward – don’t try and get in the way of Ant and Dec’s career! Ant quipped: “We’ll have Jedward killed if they try to steal our thunder.” The boys did get one compliment from Dr Who though. I spied David Tennant pointing at Ant and Dec and saying: “Why have those boys from the telly got such big hair?” Because they’re so wee, David!

*Sugababe Heidi Range tells me she’s thrilled to be engaged to XFM’s Dave Berry. She tells me: “It’s the best start to the New Year and he picked the ring out all by himself. It’s exactly what I’d go for so he did well. I’m literally over the moon and the happiest I’ve ever been. Now we need to start planning a wedding. This year’s going to be a big year for the band so we’ll have to see when we can fit a wedding in.” She’s going to be one gorgeous bride.

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