ITV National Television Awards viewers have been left furious after BBC's Strictly Come Dancing legend Len Goodman was seemingly overlooked in the 'In Memory' section despite passing away just months ago.

Viewers hit out at the prestigious awards ceremony for missing Goodman. They did, however, air tributes to the late Paul O'Grady and Dame Deborah James on Tuesday night.

The dancer and choreographer acted as a judge on both the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and the US equivalent Dancing With The Stars.

Goodman, originally from east London, had been diagnosed with bone cancer and died in April, aged 78.

There was no mention of Len during the TV award show that celebrated stars across the small screen, which, in his own words, was his bread and butter.

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Twitter user Italian GP said: "Not 1 word about Len?! #NTAs #NTAs2023"

There was even a chance for Len to be mentioned by his former colleagues, but this sadly did not transpire either.

The Strictly cast of 2022 and the professional dancers picked up the Best Talent Show award as Fleur East and Tyler West lead the tributes to their fellow cast members, the pro dancers, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman and the four judges - Anton du Beke, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and there was even a mention for Craig Revel Horwood.

However, fans were surprised that there was no tribute to Strictly legend Goodman, who passed away earlier this year. As the group thanked everyone for their part in the show, music started playing and host Joel Dommett rushed on to hurry them off stage.

The late Paul O'Grady, who died earlier in the year, was recognised posthumously at the awards as was Dame Deborah James, who died of bowel cancer in 2022.

Dame Deborah was named in the authored documentary category, for Bowelbabe In Her Own Words whilst O'Grady was nominated in the factual entertainment category for his show For The Love Of Dogs.

Responding to the NTAs Paul O'Grady montage, Katie Brooks tweeted: "The trauma of Paul O’Grady dying has hit again after that montage. What a massive loss #NTAs."

"I just can't stop crying"

Rose said: "Oh god #NTAs2023 thank you everyone for voting for #paulogrady I just can't stop crying, what an amazing night remembering an amazing soul."

Big Red said: "#PaulOGrady you have done it again. First the tribute at #NTA2023 then winning factual show for The Love Of Dogs. Am in bits. Much missed."

Amanda typed: "Anyone else crying #paulogrady #POG he was such a wonderful man #NTA2023".

Margot commented: "I could believe that Paul's ghost was cheekily egging on that little dog to bark for his own response!."

Dean said: "Very emotional and a respectable tribute to paul o'grady. It's hard to believe he isn't here anymore, Sadly missed by many, including myself. R.i.p paul"

Dolly wrote: "The faces say it all. Paul O Grady was truly loved. They couldn’t care less where they were, they were thinking of him."