Phillip Schofield makes his first appearance since being called ‘passive-aggressive’ by Eamonn Holmes

What quarrel? Beaming Phillip Schofield pokes fun at Dancing On Ice in his first appearance since former co-presenter Eamonn Holmes called him ‘passive-aggressive’










Phillip Schofield was all smiles on Sunday night as he made his first appearance after Eamonn Holmes took aim at him in a recent interview.

The TV presenter, 59, was branded ‘passive-aggressive’ by Eamonn, 62, who also claimed Phillip ‘has a habit of ‘snubbing people’ during an interview with Daily Mail magazine’s Weekend.

Yet the longtime host of This Morning and Dancing On Ice – who appeared on the latter alongside Holly Willoughby on Sunday – seemed to divert his attention from the cutting remarks as he gleefully introduced the skating show without hinting in headlines.

What quarrel? Beaming Phillip Schofield made his first appearance on Sunday since former co-presenter Eamonn Holmes called him ‘passive-aggressive’

Eamonn co-hosted ITV’s Friday episode of This Morning for 15 years with his wife Ruth Langsford, 61. They also covered Phillip and Holly during the holidays.

But the longtime TV couple were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary in 2021.

Belfast-born Eamonn, who now presents the GB News breakfast show with co-host Isabel Webster, has accused ITV bosses of making it look like he walked away while in in fact he had “no idea” why he was relieved of the slot machine.

Laughter for a minute: The TV presenter, 59, appeared to divert his attention from the cutting remarks as he jovially presented Dancing On Ice alongside Holly Willoughby

Laughter for a minute: The TV presenter, 59, appeared to divert his attention from the cutting remarks as he jovially presented Dancing On Ice alongside Holly Willoughby

Not holding back: Phillip was called a

Not holding back: Phillip was called ‘passive-aggressive’ by Eamonn, 62 (pictured January 2022) who also claimed Phillip ‘used to ‘snub people’

“Nobody explained anything to me,” he told Weekend magazine.

“I’m all for TV companies getting to choose who works for them, but it would be nice if you were told why you were going.

‘They are sneaky. They didn’t want to announce that I had been dropped because it would negatively affect the viewing figures, so they made it look like I had walked away from them rather than the other way around.

Tension: Eamonn also targeted Phillip for cutting his wife Ruth Langsford (left) short in the middle of a trailer for Loose Women on This Morning in 2019 (pictured February 2020)

Tension: Eamonn also targeted Phillip for cutting his wife Ruth Langsford (left) short in the middle of a trailer for Loose Women on This Morning in 2019 (pictured February 2020)

Eamonn also targeted Phillip for cutting his wife short in the middle of a Loose Women on This Morning trailer in 2019.

Ruth looked shocked, adding, “I only had three words left to say.”

Eamonn said he was “hurt” by the levity. “Phillip has a reputation for snubbing people,” he said.

“He’s very passive-aggressive. It’s up to Ruth to say how she felt, but I felt hurt for her. No one would snub me like that.

“I’ve got a good Belfast street fighter in me… I’d be direct. I don’t like presenters who think they have some special privilege, aura or influence.

Stand up: “He is very passive-aggressive.  It's up to Ruth to say how she felt, but I felt hurt for her.  No one would have snubbed me like that,' said Eamonn (the pair pictured in August 2021)

Stand up: “He is very passive-aggressive. It’s up to Ruth to say how she felt, but I felt hurt for her. No one would have snubbed me like that,’ said Eamonn (the pair pictured in August 2021)

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