Eamonn Holmes returns to This Morning after ‘disgusting’ hair comment to Dr Zoe
Eamonn Holmes returned his This Morning desk on Friday – after he was met with a furious backlash from ITV viewers for his controversial comments about his co-star's hair.
Presenter Eamonn appeared on Friday's ITV show alongside his wife and co-host Ruth Langsford.
It follows the 61-year old TV presenter and journalist comparing his co-host Dr Zoe Williams' hair as an "alpaca", sparking fury from viewers on Twitter.
During Thursday's show, the journalist was chatting to the doctor about how your health can benefit from gardening and alpacas.
When Eamonn, Dr Zoe and Ruth were discussing heath headlines, Eamonn quipped: "Your hair reminds me of an alpaca today.
"You just want to pet it, don’t you? It’s very alpaca-ish."
Dr Zoe laughed the remark off as she replied: "Don't touch my hair!" while Eamonn's wife Ruth could be seen smiling at the comment.
However, some viewers of the daytime TV show were upset by the comment, with some even claiming it was 'racist'.
One person wrote: "It wasn’t humorous it was vile and unnecessary."
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A second commented: "The interesting bit is that she feels obliged to laugh along out of politeness. All black people are familiar with this. If she makes a scene, she loses the gig or is seen as humourless. ‘It was only a joke.’ Every day as a black person is a negotiation and it’s exhausting"
A third penned: "This is why many black women avoid wearing their natural hair to work … even on Zoom in the comforts of their own home. Eamonn… disgusting."
Eamonn quickly apologised on social media, taking to Twitter to say: "Hey everyone out there. If my attempt at being humorous with my friend @DrZoeWilliams was misjudged I am mortified and humbly apologise to anyone who was offended."
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Some fans didn't take any offence to the remark, claiming it was just banter between "friends".
One person said: "It was light hearted banter between friends. I’m sure some people don’t watch the same programme as the rest of rest of us."
A second wrote: "I found it funny never occurred to me it was offensive."
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am.
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