After a turbulent year for Ant McPartlin, Ant and Dec scooped the Best Entertainment Presenter gong at the National Television Awards for the 18th consecutive year.
The Geordie presenting duo were not at the ceremony in London because of filming for Britain's Got Talent but they were able to thank fans via a live video link.
Ant stepped down from television commitments last year after a drink driving charge. He completed a stint in rehab before returning to work this month.
The pair said they were genuinely shocked.
"Thank you, this is a genuine shock, especially this year - I'm shaking.
"I really don't feel like I can accept this award this year - it has to go to this guy for his hard work, dedication, wit and funniness and for being the best mate out there - I love you, man."
Dec also thanked voters, saying: "Thank you to everybody for their kind and thoughtful messages, they've kept us going over the last year - this year probably more than ever."