Eamonn Holmes under fire over reaction to Phillip Schofield coming out
Eamonn Holmes faced criticism on social media after making a couple of jokes as Phillip Schofield came out as gay on This Morning.
Schofield fought back tears as he opened up in an emotional interview, saying that with the support of his wife and daughters he had been coming to terms with his sexuality and that it was "the right time" to share his truth.
Offering his support, fellow This Morning host Holmes told Schofield that everyone on the ITV programme was behind him.
"Phillip, nobody should be embarrassed about their sexuality," he said.
"It is fantastic that you have spoken out and there will be so many people who will be strengthened by what you said."
"We're all here by your side, we'll be the first to stand beside you," he added.
Holmes also teased that he had thought Schofield, 57, had been about to announce that he was going to resign from the morning show and that he could then have his job.
He also quipped that he had always wondered about Schofield and their colleague Holly Willoughby - who are close friends - sharing a hot tub.
He said: "There's this great imponderable in life, which has always irritated me, I thought, 'How come he can sit in a hot tub with Holly Willoughby and Steph (Schofield's wife) doesn't have a problem and Dan (Willoughby's husband) doesn't have a problem'."
Some people on Twitter were unimpressed with the remarks made by Holmes.
Eamon Holmes comments about Phillip Scofield being in a hottub with Holly Willoughby, is embarrassingly unhelpful 🤦🏼♂️— Archie Ratcliffe (@RatcliffeAr) February 7, 2020
But honestly Eamonn, that was disgusting. Using his moment to be a creep about "sitting in a hot tub with Holly", and how now he knows why his wife was okay with it. You ruined this sweet moment by turning it into something sleazy. You should be ashamed. #ThisMorning— ⧗ vee-money ⧗ (@dametokillfor) February 7, 2020
a beautiful interview on #ThisMorning wrecked by Eamonn making a tacky hot tub joke 😑— Emmy Griffiths (@emmyfg) February 7, 2020
Good to see big Eamonn Holmes treating Philip Schofield coming out with the sensitivity it deserves by saying that he wondered why Philip was allowed in a hot tub with Holly— STILL No1 For Feminism. And Horse Racing (@JoeStephenson96) February 7, 2020
Schofield, who also posted a long statement on Instagram about his decision, chuckled and explained that Willoughby was the sister he had never had.
- This article first appeared on Yahoo