Eamonn Holmes has claimed that one sentence about Covid-19 got him sacked from This Morning after 15 years of presenting the show on Fridays alongside his wife, Ruth Langsford.
The 63 year old, who now presents the GB News breakfast show, appeared on GB News' Dan Wootton Tonight for a bombshell interview in which he blasted Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and ITV itself, amidst ongoing talk of a "toxic" culture at the broadcasting channel.
In the chat with Dan Wootton, Eamonn claimed that it was his comments on Covid-19 and its alleged link to the 5G network that led to him being 'sacked' from This Morning in 2020.
Eamonn had questioned why the "mainstream media" had shut down alleged links between 5G and the coronavirus outbreak, which led to Ofcom receiving more than 750 complaints.
His and Ruth's departure was announced by ITV in October 2020, as Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond were drafted in to replace them.
During the second part of his interview with Dan Wootton, which aired on Tuesday, Eamonn claimed that ITV "tossed me out of the door" and "didn't care where I was going".
He claims there was a "political element" to his unceremonious departure from This Morning, but that he "wasn't found guilty of anything".
Recalling the comments that he alleges sealed his fate and exit from the show, Eamonn told Dan: "I said, 'You should always be free to question the narrative.'"
He continued: "Apparently, that was the equivalent of me saying, '5G spreads Covid'."
OK! has contacted ITV for comment.
After Eamonn's comments, Ofcom released a statement which said: "In our view, the presenter's ambiguous comments were ill-judged, and risked undermining viewers' trust in advice from public authorities and scientific evidence.
"After taking into account the co-presenter's firm rejection of the claims earlier in the programme, the discussion being about 'fake news' and the presenter clarifying his comments on air the following day, we have decided to issue guidance to ITV and its presenters."
ITV has been plunged into crisis recently, after reports of a feud between Holly Willoughby, 42, and Phillip Schofield, 61, hit the headlines, leading to Phillip dramatically resigning from his role on May 20.
Less than a week later, he released a sensational statement in which he admitted to having a long-term affair with a much younger male colleague on This Morning – whilst still married to his wife, Stephanie Lowe.
The admission has wreaked havoc on ITV and This Morning, as many stars connected to the show have slammed its "toxic" culture and called for a major shake up.
ITV says that they investigated “rumours of a relationship” in 2020 but that both parties “repeatedly denied” the claims and that the broadcaster wasn’t able to find “any evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumour.”
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