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Wednesday 19th February 2020

This Morning's Eamonn Holmes hits back at viewers in tribute to Phillip Schofield

Some can take a joke

This Morning's Eamonn Holmes appeared to hit out at viewers who accused him of 'ruining' Phillip Schofield's emotional coming-out moment with a joke.

The presenter, 60, paid tribute to Phil on Twitter by posting a still of them hugging on the set of This Morning, taken shortly after Phil's candid interview with co-host and close pal Holly Willoughby about coming out as gay.

Eamonn tweeted: "A picture paints a thousand words."

Read more: OPINION: Phillip Schofield coming out is so important for the LBGT community

Seemingly putting an end to rumours of a feud between Phil and his wife Ruth Langsford, Eammon continued: "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."

He added: "Also unlike some, he appreciated a laugh to break the tension. @Schofe hoping you find happiness."

Viewers slammed Eamonn Holmes earlier today and said he 'ruined' Phil's announcement by cracking jokes about him sharing a hot tub with Holly.

Eamonn brought out his trademark humour (Credit: ITV)

Eamonn also said that when he heard Schofe was going to make an announcement on the show, he thought he was going to quit This Morning – and added that he thought he would be in line for his job.

Unlike some, he appreciated a laugh to break the tension.

Speaking to Phil, Eamonn said: "I am disappointed in a couple of ways, first of all, I thought, big announcement from Phillip, I thought you were going to come in and announce you had resigned and I would take your job, so that wasn't to be.

"The second is there's this great imponderable in life, which has always irritated me, I thought, how come he can sit in a hot tub with Holly Willoughbooby and Steph [Phil's wife] doesn't have a problem and Dan [Holly's husband] doesn't have a problem."

They hugged it out live on air (Credit: ITV)

Read more: Phillip Schofield breaks down as he reveals family's reaction to him coming out as gay

Pointing to Ruth, Eamonn said: "I thought, she would have a problem, I thought, no, no."

While Phil laughed off the comments on screen, his army of supporters weren't best pleased with Eamonn's jokes.

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