Phillip Schofield thinks Holly Willoughby is a "very bad influence" on him when they're drinking.

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield

The 'This Morning' hosts turn up to work the day after the National Television Awards every year with a stonking hangover following a night of boozy celebrations, and the 55-year-old silver fox thinks this year's glamorous event, held on January 23 at London's O2 arena, will be no different because his partner-in-crime encourages him to let his hair down and to get sloshed.

Speaking at the launch of Cirque du Soleil's Ovo at the Royal Albert Hall, he said: "The last one we had no idea what was going to happen. The thing is if you plan these sort of things they're never as good. We just go with the flow... and Holly is a very bad influence."

However, Phillip has joked that he may not turn up to the awards this year because he's up against Ant and Dec for the title of TV presenter of the year - which is chosen by the public - and he doesn't think he has any chance of bagging the gong so he won't do a speech.

He explained: "I don't think I have a chance. There's not really any point in me turning up. No. I certainly won't think of a speech... there's no point."

But Phillip is just pleased that he's been nominated for his own award - rather than with Holly - and is adamant regardless of who wins, they'll still raise a glass or two together afterwards.

He added: "If one of us wins and the other doesn't it absolutely will not ruin the drinking afterwards. The good thing about the category we're in is that everyone whose nominated are all mates and we have all spent quite a bit of the summer in Portugal together so Brad [Walsh] and the boys, Holly and myself and all our families were there, so we all know each other really well so it's really nice that the category is a category of mates.

"Ant and Dec have had a fantastic year and 'I'm A Celeb... Get Me Out of Here!' was as brilliant as always so you know they've got the best chance, but this is the first time in my whole life that I've been nominated on my own for an NTA so that in itself is great."

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