Eamonn Holmes joins GB News for new show after veteran presenter leaves ITV’s This Morning

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Eamonn Holmes is joining GB News for a new show “to give a voice and respect to strangers” after leaving ITV’s This Morning where he had spent 15 years.

The veteran television presenter and journalist, 62, will host a show in the new year, GB News has reported.

He said: “I’ve spent my career broadcasting premieres and start-ups and GB News is one of the most exciting to date. It’s exactly the kind of upheaval the industry needs.

“I have admired GB News from the start for its clever mix of hard-hitting but delivered with warmth and even a little fun.

“For me, journalism’s greatest honor is giving a voice and respect to those who are not heard, and that is exactly what GB News is.”

He also tweeted: “Here is the news… I am joining GB News from the New Years. I hope you come with me and wish me good luck.

“In the meantime, congratulations to you all season and thank you for your support, folks.”

Alongside his wife Ruth Langsford, Eamonn has been a regular on This Morning for 15 years.

Veteran TV presenter Eamonn Holmes (pictured above), 62, will host a show “to give strangers a voice and respect” in the new year, GB News has reported

Alongside his wife Ruth Langsford (both pictured in 2007), Eamonn has been a regular on This Morning for 15 years.

Alongside his wife Ruth Langsford (both pictured in 2007), Eamonn has been a regular on This Morning for 15 years.

He tweeted:

He tweeted: “Here is the news… I am joining GB News from the New Years. I hope you come with me and wish me good luck. Until then season’s congratulations to you and thanks for your support folks”

In November of last year, ITV confirmed that Eamonn and Ruth would be leaving the Friday show, with Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond taking their places.

They continued to run the day program during the holidays.

Prior to This Morning, Holmes presented GMTV and also worked in radio, with slots on stations such as Radio 5 Live, Magic, BBC Radio 2 and talkRadio.

When GB News launched earlier this year, Eamonn said he hoped the channel would have a “decent chance”.

He previously tweeted: “We need a reshuffle on the news front. I have immense respect for the news on TV, but this is a reminder that the news is not just Westminster or a constantly waking agenda. .

It was revealed on November 30 that Ruth and Eamonn, who replace Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Friday, had been removed from their weekly slot to be replaced by Alison and Dermot.

In November of last year, ITV confirmed that Eamonn and Ruth would be leaving the Friday show, with Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond taking their places.

In November of last year, ITV confirmed that Eamonn and Ruth would be leaving the Friday show, with Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond taking their places.

Eamonn (pictured in 1998) previously ran ITV's GMTV breakfast show, hosting its very first broadcast in 1993. He appeared alongside Kate Garraway and Lorraine Kelly

Eamonn (pictured in 1998) previously ran ITV’s GMTV breakfast show, hosting its very first broadcast in 1993. He appeared alongside Kate Garraway and Lorraine Kelly

‘She’s unlikely to stay’: Ruth Langsford faces huge conundrum as Eamonn Holmes leaves this morning

Ruth Langsford will likely weigh her options after her husband Eamonn made the decision to quit This Morning after 15 years.

Ruth, 61, has hosted the show alongside her husband, also 61, since 2007 but first appeared as a guest presenter in 2000. According to The mirror, it is “unlikely that she will stay in the series without Eamonn.”

However, after breaking the news of Eamonn’s departure, the newspaper added that Ruth “should continue to perform regularly on Loose Women”.

Ruth has been a Loose Women panelist since 1999 and began her career at Regional Television South West in the early 1990s.

Aside from This Morning and Loose Women, Ruth’s final introductory gig was Lose a Stone in Four Weeks for Summer, which she hosted alongside GP Amir Khan last year.

Apart from her impressive television career, Ruth has her own fashion line with QVC and often appears on the shopping channel to promote her collections.

At the time, Eamonn and Ruth both sent an identical statement that said, “This is a changing of the guard on Fridays starting in January. We hope you make Alison and Dermot as welcoming as you have made us over the years.

“Have a nice ball to you two! … It’s not goodbye from us, it’s just Goodbye until the next mid-term.”

Eamonn, born in Belfast in 1959, is the newest recruit of the young channel GB News.

He shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 19, with current wife Ruth.

This year, the journalist also became a grandfather for the first time after his son Declan welcomed a baby girl with his wife Jenny.

He said at the time: “My son Declan and his wife Jenny are the happy couple. Jenny gave birth to Emelia, who is 7 lbs 6 ounces.

He previously ran the ITV breakfast show GMTV, hosting his very first show in 1993. He has appeared alongside fellow ITV pillars Kate Garraway and Lorraine Kelly.

But he left the long-running show in 2005, saying it had become too celebrity-centric and no longer covered important news.

The presenter then moved on to Sky’s Sunrise which he hosted with Charlotte Hawkins, who also later defected to ITV. The star also returned to the channel in 2006 with Ruth as This Morning’s Friday anchor.

Ruth had previously been a guest presenter on the show since 1999.

Eamonn’s latest departure comes just months after he was forced to apologize for saying it “suited the state narrative” to dismiss bizarre theories that link 5G and the coronavirus.

A day after commenting on This Morning, he clarified on air that “there is no connection between the current national health emergency and 5G and to suggest otherwise would be wrong and indeed it could be. potentially dangerous”.

Eamonn is pictured receiving an honorary doctorate at Queens University Belfast for services rendered to the broadcast alongside Ruth in 2006

Eamonn is pictured receiving an honorary doctorate at Queens University Belfast for services rendered to the broadcast alongside Ruth in 2006

Eamonn shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 19, with current wife Ruth (both pictured after announcing they were expecting a child)

Eamonn shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and son Jack, 19, with current wife Ruth (both pictured after announcing they were expecting a child)

Ruth Langsford will likely weigh her options after her husband Eamonn made the decision to quit This Morning after 15 years (pictured from This Morning in 2013)

Ruth Langsford will likely weigh her options after her husband Eamonn made the decision to quit This Morning after 15 years (pictured from This Morning in 2013)

Eamonn will join on-air talent including former Sky presenter Colin Brazier, ITV News reporter Alastair Stewart, BBC reporter Simon McCoy and former Labor MP Gloria De Piero.

In November, broadcaster Stephen Dixon announced he was also joining the channel after nearly 22 years with Sky.

Eamonn’s move represents a major blow to GB News – the free news channel that got off to a choppy start after former BBC political broadcaster Andrew Neil resigned as chairman and host of a TV show. prime time.

The 72-year-old had been away from the channel since announcing a hiatus two weeks after its launch and later said he was “close to failure” after suffering stress from technical glitches. the station.

Eamonn Holmes: veteran presenter who had to apologize for 5G rant

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has already been criticized by viewers for past controversies.

In January 2019, he was criticized alongside his wife Ruth Langsford for asking child star Mark Lester about his friendship with Michael Jackson.

Speaking in the wake of a documentary on the musician, the actor brought up the subject of the sperm donation he made to Michael, who died in 2009.

While discussing the script, Eamonn toasted Mark for his claims that he was the biological father of Michael’s daughter, Paris, while Ruth asked Mark if the late singer was “infertile,” which prompted a furious reaction on social media.

In April of last year, he admitted there was “no evidence” of a link between the coronavirus and 5G after his rant on This Morning.

He said “there is no connection between the current national health emergency and 5G and to suggest otherwise would be wrong and could even be dangerous.”

It came after the presenter said it “fits the state narrative” to dismiss bizarre theories that link 5G and the coronavirus.

At the time, Ofcom said it was dealing with complaints against Mr Holmes after the regulator received 419 complaints about his comments.

And in December of last year, Eamonn was criticized for making an “irresponsible” joke about drug sharing this morning.

When discussing expired medications in the medical segment of the show, the host said he had used his wife’s medication before before insisting that her husband was “joking” and “not kidding”. not listening to him “.

The comments prompted the show’s GP Dr Philippa Kaye to urge viewers to “never share medication” and to make sure you take all of your antibiotic treatment.


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