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Wednesday 29th January 2020

Eamonn Holmes under fire for 'bad taste Rolf Harris banter' on Good Morning Britain

Why did Eamonn bring up Rolf Harris during a discussion about the Queen?

Good Morning Britain viewers were left stunned earlier today after stand in presenter Eamonn Holmes joked about disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris.

The 58-year-old host brought up the former TV personality as he reflected on a clip from Sir David Attenborough's upcoming documentary on the Queen with fellow GMB presenters Kate Garraway and Charlotte Hawkins.

As Charlotte noted the special showed the Queen at her most relaxed in Sir David's company, Eamonn made a bizarre digression claiming she was not entirely comfortable sitting for the Aussie artist who was released last year after serving nearly three years in for jail for 12 counts of indecent assault.

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"Yes, because she wasn’t that relaxed with Rolf Harris. And who would blame her?" Eamonn wondered aloud as Charlotte shrugged.

He continued: "When he came in to paint a portrait she was quite stony-faced."

Kate piled in and asked an equally odd question about the style of Harris' painting, referencing the 88-year-old's doodling in Rolf's Cartoon Club - a series he presented in the late 1980s and early 1990s for Children's ITV.

This is not a subject to joke about.

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"Did he do one of of those cartoon 'can you see what it is yet?' things with her?" she pondered about Harris' sketches.

Eamonn replied, almost as an aside, before introducing Christine Lampard for the next segment: "He used to do a whole lot of things, but anyway, that’s a whole other question..."

The eye-opening remark left Kate smirking and glancing off camera but Charlotte seemed much more awkward as she bit her lip.

Eamonn's remark about Rolf Harris seemed to come out of nowhere (Credit: ITV)

Viewers were also left reeling, describing the "impromptu dig" as "seriously bad taste".

"This is not a subject to joke about," tweeted @Jade_BP.

Another viewer used a GIF of Kanye shaking his head to suggest show bosses backstage might not approve of Eamonn's comments.

However, some fans did enjoy Eamonn's jibe, even though their use of emojis hinted they may have thought he crossed a line by mentioning Harris.

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Good Morning Britain is on ITV, weekdays from 6am.