January 28, 2020
There was fury across the internet on Tuesday night as Mrs Brown’s Boys won at the National Television Awards. 
NTAs 2020 Viewers Are Seething That Mrs Browns Boys Won Best Comedy Over Fleabag And Derry Girls
The Marmite sitcom bagged the Best Comedy prize at the 25th annual ceremony – but there were many viewers left furious after it beat the likes of Fleabag and Derry Girls. 
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sitcom became a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic when its second series aired last year, while Derry Girls also became Channel 4′s most popular comedy. Ricky Gervais’ After Life and fellow Netflix series Sex Education were also nominated in the category after winning huge critical acclaim, following their debuts on the streaming service in 2019. 
But it was Mrs Brown’s Boys that triumphed, marking the fifth time it has won the category, despite only airing two festive episodes in the last 12 months.While the awards are viewer-voted, many believed that the wrong show won...Mrs Brown's Boys beating Derry Girls and Fleabag at the National Television Awards is yet another example of why the British public shouldn’t be allowed to vote for things. #NTAs— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) January 28, 2020Me watching Mrs Brown’s Boys beating Derry Girls, Fleabag and Sex Education #NTAspic.twitter.com/eJIm7LKLdc— The Duchess (@legacyoflolita) January 28, 2020HOW did Mrs Brown's Boys just win at the #NTAs when it was up against the likes of Fleabag, After Life and Sex Education? Madness.— Ellis Emily Ford (@ellisemilyford_) January 28, 2020Mrs Brown's Boys beating Fleabag to an #NTAs award is all that's wrong with this country. pic.twitter.com/voyqxdtbgQ— Jono (@jonoread) January 28, 2020Mrs Brown's Boys just beat FLEABAG and DERRY GIRLS at the National Television Awards.Help me god. #NTAs— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) January 28, 2020Derry Girls, Sex Education and Fleabag really lost to Mrs Brown’s Boys... British public further demonstrating why they don’t deserve rights #NTAs— jon z | 🇽🇰🇬🇧 (@jonzzinjected) January 28, 2020Afterlife, Fleabag, Sex Eduaction and Derry Girls all up for Best Comedy and Mrs Brown’s Boys wins...seriously?! #NTAs#NTAs2020— Simon Duke (@simon_dukey) January 28, 2020Each to their own and that but Mrs Brown's Boys winning over Derry Girls, Fleabag and After Life?! pic.twitter.com/Q4DpwRRikj— Tracy Jack (@tracyj1906) January 28, 2020Just so you know, the losers in this category are:After LifeFleabagSex Education Derry GirlsWinning this award is the funniest thing Mrs Brown's Boys has ever done...😂😂🙄🙄 https://t.co/93jgQ3NuYJ— Harris Redgrove (@harrisredgrove) January 28, 2020Who in blue hell is voting for Mrs Brown’s boys? Like who? Over afterlife or fleabag. Utter madness, Britain has proven over and over again we can’t be trusted with voting #NTAs— Iain Whitlock (@IainWhitlock) January 28, 2020😂 Mrs.Brown’s Boys has just won an NTA for ‘best comedy’ in a category with Sex Education, Fleabag, After Life & Derry Girls. #NTAspic.twitter.com/RYcKpzTIPW— Jon 👍🏻 (@jonhotspur88) January 28, 2020Mrs Brown’s Boys beating both Fleabag and Derry Girls for the Best Comedy proves that the Greatest British Public should never be trusted in any vote #NTAspic.twitter.com/nrp003VUCi— Matt Sheriff (@i71Sheriff) January 28, 2020Mrs Brown’s Boys beats FleaBag and Afterlife? It’s Brexit, all over again. Stop encouraging the British to vote for things. We are shit at it!! #NTAs— Max (@MaxMoomo) January 28, 2020Mrs Brown’s Boys just won an NTA against After Life, Fleabag, Sex Education and Derry Girls, and that is honest to God a worse decision than Brexit.— Grant McDonald (@GrantMcD92) January 28, 2020Don't normally pay attention to the #NTAs but Mrs Brown's Boys winning Best Comedy when in a category with Fleabag, Sex Education and Derry Girls is proof that the British public don't deserve nice things— Will Castle (@thatwillcastle) January 28, 2020Despite often topping the ratings, Mrs Brown’s Boys regularly gets a mauling from critics, who have accused it of racism and homophobia.
The show’s creator and star, Brendan O’Carroll recently hit back at the sitcom’s detractors, telling them to “change the fucking channel”. He told The Sun: “Honestly, I put on my dress and my tits and go out and make people laugh and I come off, take off my dress, take off my tits, get into the shower, come out and as soon as I come out of the theatre, I don’t even think about the show.
“The evidence of four NTA awards means people are not just liking it — they’re actually prepared to stand up and shout it.
He added: “Radio Times named us ‘Sitcom of the Century’. We can only hope nothing good happens in the next eight decades to upset that.”MORE NTAs: Jesy Nelson's Reaction To Winning A NTA Could Not Have Been Sweeter David Walliams Transforms Into Fellow BGT Judges For NTAs Sketch And The Results Can't Be Unseen Caroline Flack Returns To Social Media To Rally Behind Love Island At NTAs
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