Eamonn Holmes continued to add fuel to his feud with ITV, accusing them of ‘lying about me’ when he took home a TRIC Award on Wednesday.
The former This Morning presenter, 62, won the News Presenter of the Year gong at London’s Grosvenor House.
And he took the opportunity in a winner’s room Q&A to criticize his former bosses for firing him from This Morning.
Winner: Eamonn Holmes continued to add fuel to his feud with ITV, accusing them of ‘lying about me’ when he took home a TRIC Award on Tuesday
The announcer and wife Ruth Langsford, 62, were replaced by Alison Hammond, 47, and Dermot O’Leary, 49, after 15 years showcasing the Friday slot in a move that shocked fans and the pair themselves.
Eamonn raged, “The Ministry of Lies, their news agency of course, who are spreading the same kind of… yes, the Ministry of Lies.
“So the point is I didn’t resign from ITV, ITV resigned and I never got a single explanation as to why they wanted to get rid of me, so that was that.
“Whatever you’ve been told. And also the kind of stuff that comes out: “Eamonn believes he’s manly, pale, and musty”. It doesn’t look like it, does it? Never said once, that’s what ITV news agency said.’
Brutal extortion: announcer and wife Ruth Langsford, 62, were replaced by Alison Hammond, 47, and Dermot O’Leary, 49, after 15 years showcasing This Morning in a move that shocked fans and the couple themselves
He also denied that his comments had made things uncomfortable for Ruth as she is still working with ITV on Loose Women.
He said: ‘I didn’t chat this morning, I’m telling the truth, ITV has been telling lies about me.’
Six months after leaving ITV, Eamonn reprimanded his former employers for forcing him to quit. He claimed it was his decision to leave for a new job at GB News, saying, ‘Let’s make it clear, they’ve left me!’
Having his say: Eamonn lashes out at ITV bosses over his departure from This Morning, accusing them of ‘lying’ about the real reason he left (pictured in 2021)
In an interview with The Mirror, Eamonn responded to questions about what went wrong with ITV, stating that he was still unaware of the reason behind his departure before addressing claims that he ended up in hot water over his controversial comment. about 5G towers related to coronavirus.
He said, ‘It was never said to me. If that was the case, at least that would be a reason. And as Lady EasyJet [ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall, ex-chief exec of EasyJet] apologies or wanted some explanation, fine. But she never picked up the phone and asked me.
“I never had any contact with Dame Carolyn McCall. And I still stand by those comments, because not once did I say that 5G spreads the coronavirus.
“I said that as reporters we should always question the story. And that has never been more evident than under the No10 regime then and after.”
TV watchdog Ofcom received 419 complaints about Eamonn’s comment about 5G, prompting an on-air apology from the star.
Ofcom said the “ambiguous comments were misguided and threatened to undermine viewers’ trust in government advice and scientific evidence.”
Eamonn went on to pour cold water over claims that he was turning his back on ITV to host his show on GB News, while ranting on Wednesday that the ‘disinformation department at ITV’ can ‘speak all the lies’ they want.
He furiously said, “I wish someone would show me the email or the letter or I’d been sent to say, ‘Eamonn, this is why this is coming to an end’.”
“But to tell lies, that I left them to go to GB News… I didn’t – they left me. Let’s get it straight. They have left me. I don’t care, because our audience is on the lookout.’
“Let’s make it clear, they’ve left me!” Six months after his departure, Eamonn reprimanded his former employers for forcing him to quit, claiming it was his decision to leave for a new job at GB News
When asked if he would ever return to ITV, Eamonn said there would be a few people who “shouldn’t be there” before he’d even considered it.
The presenter also added that he has not watched the ITV daytime show since he left because it was said to be ‘too sensitive’.
A representative from This Morning told MailOnline: This is not a version of events that we recognize and as we’ve said before, we wish Eamonn all the best.”
Speaking: Eamonn addressed claims he landed himself in hot water over his controversial comment about 5G towers linked to coronavirus
Wow: The TV star went on to pour cold water over claims he was turning his back on ITV to host his show on GB News, while ranting that the ‘disinformation department at ITV’ can ‘speak all the lies’ they want (pictured with Ruth and costars Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby)
Takeover: Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary Now Host This Morning on Fridays
In March, in an interview with The Guardian, Eamonn again criticized ITV, after labeling the broadcaster as ‘sly’ and accusing it of hypocrisy over its diversity drive.
Eamonn said: ‘I joined GB News because options were drying up. The ‘wrong age’, at the ‘wrong stage’ – at some point it becomes very difficult to get a job.
“Obviously I was no longer ticking the boxes for ITV and I was not treated with respect there.
Taken out: In March, in an interview with The Guardian, Eamonn again criticized ITV, after labeling the broadcaster as ‘sly’ and accusing it of hypocrisy over its diversity drive
“It was a matter of self-respect. You think ‘no, I’m out of here, bye!’ So that was it. And nothing has changed: I play what I do directly.’
In a further dig at ITV, Eamonn added that GB News had been “very welcoming” and that it was “nice to be appreciated”.
MailOnline contacted ITV at the time for comment.
Cheers! In a further dig at ITV, Eamonn added that GB News were ‘very welcoming’ and felt ‘nice to be appreciated’ (pictured with co-host Isabel Webster)