Eamonn Holmes, 60, has said Phillip Schofield “appreciated a laugh to break the tension” after the presenter was criticised on social media for lighthearted remarks he made on This Morning following his colleague’s revelation he was gay. The veteran presenter admitted he “stands in support” with Phillip.
In view of his 998,000 Twitter followers, Eamonn shared a heartwarming photo of the pair in a sweet embrace.
He wrote: “A picture paints a thousand words. This is a man who was in pain, who today confided in Ruth and I and who knows we stand in support of him, his family and his sexuality…Also unlike some, he appreciated a laugh to break the tension. @Schofe hoping you find happiness.”
Fans inundated the presenter with comments, as one social media user commented: “I just love seeing you four together again and @schofe would have appreciated your banter as did the majority of the nation! Top man @EamonnHolmes.”
Eamonn admitted Phillip did in fact appreciate his humour at the moment and added there are “dreary humourless” people in the world.
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“He did Helen…God there are some dreary humourless people in The World. He’s cool and appreciated it. Think I would have said it if he didn’t?” he replied.
Another Twitter user remarked: “Please don’t ever change. People need thicker skin.”
“So annoyed at people making a big deal of Eamonn having a joke. If @Schofe wasn’t offended wind your neck in,” a fan tweeted.
While a third person added: “Some folk just need to get a life! If you can’t have a laugh with your mate then what’s the world come. He knows you love and support him.”
“With the strength and support of my wife and daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.”
A visibly emotional Holly and Phillip shared a hug before they were joined by Ruth and Eamonn who in turn embraced him.
Eamonn praised Phillip for speaking out, telling him “so many people will be strengthened” by him.
However, as the tears began to settle, Eamonn couldn’t help trying to get a laugh from his co-hosts.
He told Phillip: “I’m disappointed in a couple of ways. First of all, I thought (when) there’s a big announcement from Phillip, I thought you were going to come in and announce you’d resigned.”
The presenters shared a laugh before Eamonn continued: “And the second thing…
“There’s this great imponderable in life which has always irritated me and I thought: ‘How come he can sit in a hot tub with Holly Willoughby and Steph doesn’t have a problem and Dan doesn’t have a problem?’”
Phillip quickly shut down Eamonn’s teasing by kissing Holly’s hand and labelled her “the sister he never had”.