Kerry Katona wants Eamonn and Ruth to replace cringe Phil and Holly
This Morning: Kerry Katona jokes about old slurring interview
Kerry Katona has weighed in on the future of This Morning, saying Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford should come back to the show.
The ex-Atomic Kitten singer believes it’s “time for change” after Phillip Schofield sensationally quit the ITV programme amid speculation of a feud with former co-host Holly Willoughby.
Commenting on the duo’s on-screen relationship, Kerry, 42, also said she no longer believes in Phil and Holly’s friendship and watching them present together in recent times made her cringe.
This Morning has been dogged with controversy in recent months, culminating in 61-year-old Schofield quitting ITV altogether on Friday after admitting to an “unwise, but not illegal” affair with a young male colleague on the show while he was still married.
Kerry was famously picked up by Schofield who said her speech was slurred during a live interview with him and Holly on This Morning before she explained she was taking strong medication for her bipolar disorder.
Quoted in the Mirror, she said: “It’s not even that I’ve got an issue with Phil these days. He apologised to me after pointing out I was slurring my words on the show in 2008 and we’ve got on ever since.
“It’s more that when you’re watching the show, you want to believe in their relationship don’t you? I can’t even watch it now because it makes me cringe.”
The I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! winner said married couple Eamonn and Ruth being brought back would restore some credibility to the show in the wake of the current scandal.
“I used to love Eamonn and Ruth on the show, lets get them back,” Kerry said.
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She’s not alone in wanting to see the pair return to the programme as thousands of social media users have also urged ITV chiefs to ‘bring back Ruth and Eamonn’.
It seems and unlikely prospect, however, after former GMTV host Eamonn has criticised ITV bosses in recent days, including during a full-throated attack on Schofield from his Twitter account on Friday.
“Ruth and I [were] deceived and lied to… What transpired took us for fools. The man told us complete lies and we unfortunately believed him,” he tweeted.
“Schofield has finally been caught out, but he’s not the only guilty party. Four high members of ITV management knew what sort of man he was.”
An ITV spokesperson said the broadcaster had been ‘badly let down’ by the ‘admissions of deceit’ made by Schofield after the presenter admitted to the affair.
“We are deeply disappointed by the admissions of deceit made tonight by Phillip Schofield,” the spokesperson said.
“The relationships we have with those we work with are based on trust. “Phillip made assurances to us which he now acknowledges were untrue and we feel badly let down.”
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