Eamonn Holmes has sparked fury among This Morning viewers after comparing Dr Zoe Williams’ hair to an ‘alpaca’, saying that he wanted to ‘pet’ her hair.
On Thursday’s edition of This Morning, Eamonn is co-hosting alongside Ruth Langsford while they cover the ITV programme during the summer holidays.
As they went over today’s schedule, the presenting duo welcomed Dr Zoe onto the show, saying that she will be delving into the latest health headlines on the show later on.
After Dr Zoe appeared on screen via video chat, saying that she will be talking about ‘how your health can be benefited from gardening and even alpacas’, Eamonn remarked: ‘Your hair reminds me of an alpaca today.’
‘You just want to pet it, don’t you? It’s very alpaca-ish’ he added, gesturing with a petting motion as Dr Zoe laughed.
‘Don’t touch my hair!’ the doctor exclaimed, pointing her pen at the camera.
Several This Morning viewers expressed their shock over Eamonn’s remark, with one person tweeting: ‘Did that really just come out of Eamonn’s mouth?’
Eamonn said he wanted to ‘pet’ Dr Zoe’s hair (Picture: ITV)
‘Don’t touch my hair!’ Dr Zoe told Eamonn (Picture: ITV)
‘@thismorning did @EamonnHolmes just compare the doctors Afro to an alpaca?!? #ThisMorning,’someone else said.
‘Uh Eamonn what tf was that about? Have u learnt nothing?! U never talk about petting a black woman’s hair. And saying it looks like an Alpaca?!’ another added.
One Twitter user questioned if they were ‘hallucinating’, writing: ‘Did @EamonnHolmes just tell a black woman her hair reminds him of an alpaca and he wants to pet her or am I hallucinating?!’
Eamonn hasn’t commented further on air as of yet about his exchange with Dr Zoe.
In 2018, Dr Zoe reshared a Twitter post hitting back at the ‘negative connotations of Afro hair’, writing in the caption: ‘Sending lots of Afro love to you all this #worldafroday.’
‘I love love love love love this… “DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR”. But seriously don’t,’ she wrote.
Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.