Eamonn Holmes has attacked ITV bosses over his departure This morningand accused her of “lying” about the reason for his departure.
The experienced broadcaster had hosted This morning Every Friday for 15 years alongside Ruth Langsford, his wife, while Phillip Schofield presented the series Monday through Thursday alongside Holly Willoughby.
Holmes and Langsford were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary on the January 2021 show.
Holmes now hosts a breakfast show on controversial right-wing news and opinion channel GB News.
There were reports at the time that Holmes had decided to leave ITV for a new job at GB News, but he has denied this in a new interview.
“Let’s get it straight, they left me,” he said The mirror.
Asked if he thinks his departure is linked to his controversial comments about 5G masts and the coronavirus, Holmes said: “It was never mentioned to me. If so, that would at least be a reason.
“And if Lady EasyJet [ITV boss Carolyn McCall, the former chief exec of the airline] wanted an apology or some kind of explanation, fine. But she never picked up the phone and asked me.”
He continued: “I never had any contact with Dame Carolyn McCall. And I still stand by those comments because I never said once that 5G spreads the coronavirus.
“I said that as reporters we should always question the narrative. And that has never been more evident than under Regime No. 10, which has existed ever since and beyond.”
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Holmes has dismissed claims he left ITV for GB News, saying “the disinformation department at ITV” can “put out all the lies” they want.
He added, “I wish someone would show me the email or letter that was sent to me to say, ‘Eamonn, so this is ending.’ But telling lies that I left them to go to GB News… I didn’t do it – they left me. Let’s get this straight. you left me I don’t care because our audience is just upstairs.”
The Independent has reached out to ITV for comment.
This isn’t the first time Holmes has attacked the station. In February he said: “Nobody explained anything to me. I’m all for TV companies being able to choose who works for them, but it would be nice to be told why you’re leaving.
“You are smart. They didn’t want to announce that I was kicked out because it would negatively impact viewership, so they made it seem like I left them and not the other way around.”
He added: “I’m not going to be mocked as some kind of past. I may be male and pale, but I’m still at the top of my game.”
Responding to Holmes’ claims in the article at the time, an ITV spokesman said: “This is not a version of events that we accept and as we have said we wish Eamonn well.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/eamonn-holmes-this-morning-itv-b2112691.html Eamonn Holmes accuses ITV bosses of ‘lying’ about his exit from This Morning