EAMONN Holmes called former This Morning colleague Philip Schofield “passive-aggressive” and criticized ITV for firing him and his wife Ruth Langsford.
The star rekindled his feud with Phil two years after Ruth, 61, filed a formal complaint against him with TV bosses.
Belfast native Eamonn, 62, and his wife have been replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermott O’Leary in a brutal diversity campaign.
Speaking about their time on This Morning, Eamonn said: “Philip is known for being dismissive of people.
“He is very passive-aggressive. Ruth has to say how she feels, but I was hurting for her. Nobody would insult me like that.
“I have a good Belfast street fighter in me… I’ll be honest. I don’t choose MCs who think they have a special privilege, aura, or influence.”
He also accused the ITV bosses of using “sly” tactics when they kicked him out of This Morning.
He said they wanted it to look like it was his decision to leave rather than being forced out, and he “had no idea” why he was being replaced.
“No one explained anything to me,” he said. Daily Mail Weekend Magazine.
“I’m all for broadcasters being able to choose who works for them, but it would be nice if they told you why you’re leaving.
“They are cunning. They didn’t want to announce that I was eliminated because it would negatively impact the audience, so they pretended that I had left them and not the other way around.”
A source close to This Morning said after Eamonn’s accusations: “Eamonn has been absolutely clear about what plans are moving forward.
“The key to the success of shows like This Morning is that they have to evolve. Alison and Dermot becoming part of the main performance mix was part of that. Eamonn and Ruth were still part of the team.”
An ITV spokesperson said of Eamonn’s statements: “This is not the version of events that we accept and as we have said before, we wish Eamonn all the best.”
Ruth filed a complaint against Phillip and this followed an on-air incident in April 2019 where he interrupted her while she was presenting a preview of Loose Women during an episode of This Morning.
Amanda Holden praised Ruth for filing a complaint against Phil at the time.
The Sun has contacted a spokesperson for Philip Schofield for comment.