Eamonn Holmes launches scathing new attack on Holly Willoughby as he says she should ‘follow Phil out the door’
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Eamonn Holmes has launched a scathing new attack on Holly Willoughby as he says she should ‘follow Phil out the door’ after the presenter departed from This Morning earlier this month and admitted to having an affair with a younger colleague.
Holmes, a former presenter on the ITV show, has long-since been an outspoken critic of both Phillip Schofield and Willoughby throughout the series of events which caused the former to leave the show altogether.
He has since accused Willoughby of having poor conduct on set and has slammed her over her involvement in the whole ordeal regarding Schofield.
It was announced that Schofield was leaving This Morning a week or so ago and it's been pretty non-stop ever since.
Holmes, who has been very vocal about his feelings towards Schofield in the last few weeks, previously claimed that Schofield was 'sacked' from the show instead of merely 'stepping down' like his leaving statement explains.
"Please, let's stop this, he was sacked," Holmes remarked, "All this nonsense about, 'I've decided to step down' I'm sure you did. Now here's your P45, now step down. Why do we propagate this language?"
Holmes has now given another interview on the matter where he's said Willoughby should also leave This Morning, claiming she was 'distant' from the crew on the show and didn't know their names.
He said: "Not only should Phillip go, but Holly should follow him out the door.
"I don’t think you’ll ever see Holly back on the couch again.
"Holly doesn’t know people’s names, either. This is legendary within the production teams, that how distant they are and how they just don’t care."
Holmes continued: "There are people who say for her it's not about what Phillip did, it's not about protecting the young fella involved.
"There are financial experts who would say it’s about brand protection with her, her company, and advertising deals which looks like she’s distancing herself from to protect herself."
While Schofield did not name the production runner, he did state that the relationship had been ‘unwise but not illegal’.
The statement read: “The first thing I want to say is: I am deeply sorry for having lied to them, and to many others about a relationship that I had with someone working on This Morning. I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.
"Contrary to speculation, whilst I met the man when he was a teenager and was asked to help him to get into television, it was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship.
"That relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It is now over."
Schofield then took to Twitter a few days after the initial statement was released (29 May) to address his critics and hit out at people who have a ‘grudge’ against him.
He said: "Now I no longer work on @thismorning I am free to say this.
"I hope you have noticed that it's the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.
"This Morning IS the best show to work on, with the best people. In all the years I worked there, there was no toxicity.
"You can listen to those persistently loud voices if you like.
"But the thousands of guests over the years, thousands of staff and crew, hundreds of presenters and contributors all know, it IS a family of wonderful, talented, kind, hard-working people."
Holmes, who clearly isn't afraid to let us know what he really thinks of Schofield and Willoughby, later described the statement as 'delusional'.
He tweeted: "Schofield has just put out a delusional statement.
"Like Holly he puts it on Insta Stories so if it goes wrong there is no record after 24 hrs.
"I'm reluctant to give the liar any more publicity but believe me Pip if u r looking for a fight, u have picked on the wrong person!"
Tyla has contacted Holly Willoughby's representatives for a comment.