Eamonn Holmes has blasted ITV in a new interview, claiming his exit from This Morning was ‘made to look like he’d walked’ after his departure in late 2021.
In November 2020, the 62-year-old presenter and his wife Ruth Langsford, 61, were axed from their usual Friday morning spot and replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.
The pair remained as stand-in presenters, often stepping in during the summer holidays.
But Holmes later made the switch from his mid-morning role to breakfast news on GB News, which he announced in November.
However, he has now accused ITV of being ‘sly’ over the way he found out about his exit after it was later confirmed his wife would remain in her role on This Morning and Loose Women.
He alleged show bosses made it look as if he had walked away when in fact he had ‘no idea’ why he was let go from his position.
’No one explained anything to me,’ he told The Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine.
‘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.
He went on to say of the broadcaster: ’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.’
A spokesperson for ITV said at the time: ‘We would like to wish Eamonn all of the very best in his new role.
‘As a duo, Eamonn and Ruth have been part of the This Morning presenting team for the last 15 years and we thank Eamonn for all of his hard work and contribution to the show.’
He made his first appearance on the rival broadcaster last month, alongside former Sunrise co-star Isabel Webster.
In response to Holmes’ claims, a source close to This Morning reportedly told The Mail: ‘It absolutely was explained to Eamonn what the plans were moving forward.
‘The key to success with shows like This Morning is that they have to evolve. Alison and Dermot becoming part of the main presenting mix was part of that. Eamonn and Ruth were still very much a part of the team.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV and Breakfast With Eamonn And Isabel airs on GB News weekdays from 6am to 9.30am.