Inside Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford’s bitter feud with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby – after GB News presenter claimed former This Morning host was ‘sacked’
Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield used to be the faces of This Morning.
Eamonn, 63, co-hosted ITV’s Friday instalment of This Morning for 15 years with his wife Ruth, 63 and they covered for Phil and Holly during the holidays.
But the longstanding TV couple were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary in 2021.
In September 2020 it was reported that Eamonn was ‘not in line with the youth drive’ ITV was after as he was too ‘pale, stale and male’.
After his departure, Eamonn launched a blistering attack on ITV, branding the broadcaster ‘sly’ and accusing it of hypocrisy over its diversity drive.
Back in the day: Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield used to be the faces of This Morning (pictured in 2020)
Former friends: Eamonn, 63, co-hosted ITV’s Friday instalment of This Morning for 15 years with his wife Ruth, 63 and they covered for Phil and Holly during the holidays (pictured in 2013)
He also took aim at Holly and Phil, calling the latter ‘passive-aggressive’ and claiming he has a habit of ‘snubbing people’.
Speaking to Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine in February 2022, he targeted Phil for cutting his wife short in the middle of a trailer for Loose Women on This Morning in 2019.
Ruth looked shocked, adding: ‘I only had about three more words to say.’
Eamonn said he was ‘hurt’ by the slight. ‘Phillip is renowned for snubbing people,’ he said.
‘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.’
Eamonn then hit out at Phil and Holly again in September, accusing them both of ‘lying’ about not skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state.
Hitting out: He also took aim at Holly and Phil, calling the latter ‘passive-aggressive’ and claiming he has a habit of ‘snubbing people’
Holly and Philip were accused of jumping the queue at Westminster Hall in London last year while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time to pay their respects to Her Majesty.
The presenters later released a statement insisting they didn’t skip the queue and ‘respected’ the rules for the media, saying their visit was ‘strictly for reporting’.
Speaking on GB News Breakfast, Eamonn made no bones about the fact he didn’t believe his former colleagues and said they ‘messed up’.
Chatting with presenter Clare Muldoon, Eamonn said: ‘I’ll tell you what’s strategic. Why is Holly fighting to keep her job, according to The Sun, but Mr Phillip isn’t?
Clare replied: ‘Who knows? Twitter, last night, was saying she didn’t want to vacate her job at This Morning.
‘Who wouldn’t want to give up £600,000 a year and everything else that comes with it? I think the brand is very damaged. There has to be a change from the top down to the bottom on This Morning.’
Taking aim: Eamonn then hit out at Phil and Holly again in September, accusing them both of ‘lying’ about not skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state
Eamonn then read out the statement from Holly and Phillip, saying: ‘”We didn’t jump the queue, we were working.” Why was your boss there working with you?’
Referring to a photo of Holly wearing a mask inside Westminster Hall, Clare asked: ‘Why was she wearing a mask? Is she allergic to the public?’
Eamonn answered: ‘No, she does that. “Holly’s in tears”, but Holly’s always in tears. But wearing a mask – I think she’s quite fearful, germophobic.’
Eamonn’s co-presenter Isabel Webster said Holly and Philip fast-tracking was no different to what other broadcasters did while covering the Queen lying in state.
Eamonn was still unimpressed though and said: ‘They didn’t get a fast-track, they say. Lie. They say they didn’t pay their respects to the body. Lie.
‘What else were they there for? Let’s just tell the truth about the whole thing.
‘They messed up, and instead of being arrogant and saying, “We were there working as journalists”, why don’t they just say, “Yeah, we thought it would be a good idea”.’
Criticism: The presenters faced fury after images of them appearing to ‘skip the queue’ emerged while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited
Meanwhile, Eamonn also made his feelings known on Twitter as he responded with praying hands emojis to a user who wrote: ‘They [Holly and Phillip] should be sacked, Eamonn and Ruth are far better than them idiots’.
During the drama surrounding the future of Holly and Phil on This Morning, Eamonn once again launched a blistering attack on his former co-stars.
Referring to the BAFTA TV Awards, at which neither Phil nor Holly made an appearance, Eammon quipped: ‘I think there should have been a special award for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for best actors.’
‘They may or may not be together on the telly today. He’s brought in lawyers, she’s brought in a PR team. The public surely will suss that there’s no chemistry, that it’s a broken fit between the two of them and that This Morning does not depend on who presents it.’
Continuing, the presenter insisted: ‘It’s an institution, it will carry on no matter who presents it and anyone can check the viewing figures, there’s no difference between whether they present it or anyone else.’
‘Sacked’: Meanwhile, Eamon also made his feelings known on Twitter as he responded with praying hands emojis to a user who wrote: ‘They [Holly and Phillip] should be sacked, Eamonn and Ruth are far better than them idiots’
In the wake of Phil’s sudden exit from This Morning over the weekend, Eamonn took the opportunity to lambaste the pair again.
He tore into Phil for claiming he was leaving of his own accord after 20 years, declaring: ‘He was sacked’.
The GB News breakfast show presenter also suggested Holly was being duplicitous when she claimed to be sad that Phillip was leaving the hit ITV show after two decades at the helm, adding: ‘They deserve each other’.
During the newspaper review, when Isabel Webster said Phil was ‘stepping down’, Eamonn raged: ‘Oh please just stop this. He was sacked. All this nonsense of ‘I’ve decided to step down’. I’m sure you did – here’s your P45 now step down’.
Angry: He tore into Phil for claiming he was leaving of his own accord after 20 years, declaring: ‘He was sacked’
He then went on to mimic Holly and said: ‘And she says: ‘Oh, the couch will not be the same without him being there’. Well she wanted him not there. So what is she moaning about. They deserve each other I suppose’.
He went on: ‘Holly is being as false as he is and nobody is talking about the elephant in the room.
‘She says ‘I thank him for all his knowledge, experience and humour’. All the things that she didn’t have when she came to the show. Well it’s true! I would call that stabbing in the back.
‘I could give you a list of the lack of kindness and lack of awareness from both of them. How they would socialise, and the people around them. You just have to look at my phone, full of people who are glad to see the back of the two of them’.
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