Eamonn Holmes appeared to reignite his feud with Phillip Schofield by slamming Monday's glowing TV tribute and branding it “bizarre”.
Phillip appeared on Monday’s Lorraine as part of the special edition of the ITV morning show to celebrate his 40 years on TV. But Eamonn, 62, appeared to have been left less than impressed by the tribute to mark This Morning host and his former co-star Phillip’s career.
The star liked a tweet which read: "This #lorraine show is bizarre.. why not celebrate 40 years on #thismorning instead of another show?"
Eamonn and his wife Ruth Langsford, 61, were dropped from their Friday slot on This Morning in November 2020 after 14 years on the show.
They were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary. It's not the first time Eamonn has spoken out about Phillip. The Irish presenter recently hit out at the 59 year old and called him “passive aggressive”.
He also hit back at an ITV insider's claims that he was axed from This Morning because he had become unpopular with the programme’s loyal fans.
Eamonn’s InterTalent representatives said that they refuse to believe "research" had shown his popularity had changed with viewers.
Eamonn also retweeted a message from InterTalent founder and chairman Jonathan Shalit OBE, who said: "Don’t believe a ‘source’ said anything official @ITV always respect @InterTalent.
"Untrue research show viewers no longer want @EamonnHolmes rated better than others on @thismorning@GBNEWS show often beats @SkyNews@BBC recommissioned his Farm to Feast." In a recent interview with the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, Eamonn didn’t hold back as he discussed his and his wife’ role change on the ITV daytime show andRuth’s rumoured feud with Phillip.
Eamonn's wife Ruth was rumoured to have filed an official complaint about Phillip and claimed he caused a "toxic" atmosphere on the show. And in 2019 Ruth was cut short by Phillip on This Morning when she was in the middle of presenting a trailer for Loose Women.
Before Ruth could finish what she was saying, Phillip, who has presented This Morning since 2002, cut in and said: “Guys, we are going to have to stop you. I am afraid because we are a bit tight for time.”
Eamonn, who has since left ITV and now presents on GB News, said of his former co-star Phillip: "Phillip is renowned for snubbing people. He's very passive-aggressive. It's up to Ruth to say how she felt, but I was feeling hurt for her. No one would have snubbed me like that.
"I have a good Belfast street fighter in me… I would be direct. I don't go for presenters who think they have a special privilege or aura or influence."
He added that he had "no idea" why he and Ruth were being replaced on the slot. "No one explained anything to me," he said. "I'm all for TV companies being able to choose who works for them, but it would be nice if you were told why you were going.
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"They're sly. They didn't want to announce that I'd been dropped because it would adversely affect audience figures, so they made it look as if I'd walked away from them rather than the other way round.
"They had a chat with my agent and announced that I was going to GB News when they'd done no more than ask if I'd be interested in joining them."
An ITV spokesperson told the publication of Eamonn’s claims "This isn't a version of events we recognise and as we have said before we wish Eamonn all the very best."
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