PIERS Morgan has his sights set on dethroning Ant and Dec at the National Television Awards.

The Newick-born presenter left the ITV show Good Morning Britain in March following incendiary comments about the Duchess of Sussex.

Piers continued to host Piers Morgan’s Life Stories however, recently sitting down with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and actress Dame Joan Collins.

The 56-year-old will compete against Ant and Dec, Bradley Walsh and This Morning stars Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond for the TV presenter prize at the NTAs.

The annual ceremony is due to take place in London tonight with comedian Joel Dommett on hosting duties.

Geordie duo Ant and Dec have won the award for best TV presenter for 19 years in a row.

But Piers has taken to social media to warn his competition that he is aiming to win.

In response to a tweet asking whether Ant and Dec should be worried Piers’ chance of winning, he simply responded “Yes.”

He went on to tweet: “Voting’s now closed in the NTAs - so thanks to everyone who voted for me.

“I won’t be at the show tonight but maybe you could pick up my award for me if I win @RickyGervais - can’t think of anyone better suited to celebrating free speech.”

Fellow Sussex-born celebrity Katie Price is shortlisted in the new category of authored documentary for Katie Price: Harvey and Me.

Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford is also in the running for BBC show Feeding Britain’s Children, while Rob Burrow: My Year With MND, Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency and Kate Garraway’s Finding Derek are also in the running.

The awards ceremony will see Adrian Dunbar (Ted Hastings), Martin Compston (Steve Arnott) and Vicky McClure (Kate Fleming) - all of Line Of Duty - vie for the drama performance prize, while Des and It’s A Sin are nominated for the best new drama prize alongside Bridgerton.

Line Of Duty, Call The Midwife, Unforgotten and The Crown have been nominated for the returning drama prize, while the documentary about late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has been shortlisted for the factual prize.

Also nominated in the category is Gogglebox, Gordon, Gino And Fred: American Road Trip and Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs.

Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks are all up for best serial drama, while in the talent show category, first-time nominee The Masked Singer is listed alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing.