National Television Awards 2012: Sir Bruce Forsythe told off Jonathan Ross as he presented ‘Special Recognition Award’

by Lisa McGarry

Jonathan Ross picked up the gong for ‘Special Recognition’ at tonight’s National Television Awards.

The 51 year old star was hailed for his 25 years on TV, his hit chat shows, his presenting skills and Sir Bruce Forsythe presented the award but not before giving the dad of three a bit of a telling off.

The elderly host admitted:

I don’t know why they asked me to do this, because he said some terrible things about me. On national television he said “every Saturday before Strictly, they have to take Bruce Forsythe out of the freezer and push him on.’

There was then a huge host of stars lining up to sing Ross’ praises, including Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, comedian Lee Evans, rival presenter Graham Norton and A list actor Tom Cruise.

Picking up his trophy, Jonathan said:

‘Wow, thank you so much. I’ve got to say thank you to Sir Bruce Forsythe, the incredible talent. When I was a kid growing up in East London I used to watch the Generation Game every Saturday night and I used to dream one day of meeting Bruce and now here he is dissing me on live TV.’

I am humbled and so grateful to accept this and I am amazed like so many of you are that I’m still working.”

The star then made an obligatory sachsgate reference, joking:

Thanks to all those who stood by me, to all those who didn’t I understand.

But the most touching moment of his speech came when Jonathan thanked his wife Jane Goldman, saying:

Twenty five years ago I started on TV but 25 years ago I also met the young girl who I married and who is there right now. Everything that I have enjoyed through life I have enjoyed because of her. She helped turn me into something resembling a human being.

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