Esteemed broadcaster Eamonn Holmes has unleashed a scathing critique of ITV's presenter choices, dubbing the network as "the worst." This pointed criticism unfolded during his recent appearance on the GB News morning program on September 11th.
Holmes, a former host of ITV's "This Morning," did not mince words as he voiced his opinion during a discussion about the new dating show, "Your Mum, Your Dad." The spark for Holmes's verbal assault came from TV personality and former "I'm a Celebrity" winner, Christopher Biggins, who had expressed his astonishment at Davina McCall's new dating program, "My Mum, Your Dad." Biggins questioned the show's premise, asking, "Who would do such a thing? What will they think of next?" In response to his co-host Isabel Webster, who defended the show by saying, "Why does it only have to be young and beautiful [people]?" Holmes seized the opportunity to vent his grievances against his former employer.
Eamonn's ITV Critique Sparks Controversy
"I mean, ITV are the worst," Holmes exclaimed, his frustration palpable. He went on to accuse the channel of a lack of creativity, stating, "If it's not Ant and Dec, or it's not Simon Cowell, or it's not Bradley Walsh on 'The Chase' – they've got no other ideas." As the news of Holmes's critique rippled through the media landscape, The Independent reached out to ITV for a response, seeking their perspective on the matter.
However, Holmes's comments have garnered mixed reactions, with some labeling them as "sad" and "pathetic." One commentator remarked, "He was glad to be employed by them for decades," while another criticized GB News itself, noting, "That's all GB News seems to do – have digs at people – institutions, etc., and be outraged at so many things.
Pathetic. Very negative channel." It's worth noting that Eamonn Holmes and his wife, Ruth Langsford, were fixtures on "This Morning" since joining in 2006, providing holiday cover for the main hosts and hosting the show every Friday.
However, in November 2020, ITV announced a major shake-up that led to the couple's departure from the series. They were reportedly "furious and upset" about the decision, which ultimately saw them replaced by Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond.
Eamonn Holmes's candid remarks have once again ignited discussions about the state of television presenting, leaving viewers and industry insiders pondering the evolving dynamics of the media landscape.