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Eamonn Holmes told Anne Robinson he’d ‘knock her head off’ after parenting skills remark

Eamonn Holmes revealed he once told Anne Robinson he’d “knock her f**king head off” after she said he had “sacrificed fatherhood for fame”.

After making comments about his parenting, the well-known presenter, 61 revealed that he had been angry at the Countdown host, 76.

The former host of The Weakest Link was unaware of the extent to which he went to support his children as they grew up.

Eamon told RTE One’s The Meaning of Life on Sunday: “This is coming from a man who would fly back from London for his kids’ school sports days, who would take the last flight out of Belfast at 10 o’clock at night when he’d tucked them up in bed at 8pm, you know, who just was there for them all the time at every need for them.”



The presenter got emotional talking about his late father Leonard and couldn't hold back his tears
The presenter got emotional talking about his late father Leonard and couldn’t hold back his tears

“And this is the man who went into an airport lounge one Sunday morning, very, very early in Belfast, and there was one other person in that lounge and it was Anne Robinson.

“I walked over to her and I simply said, very coldly and heartfelt meant, “if you were a bloke, I would knock your f**king head off. “I just wanted you to know this.



Anne took it too far and hit a nerve in Eamonn
Anne took it too far and hit a nerve in Eamonn

Eamonn says Ann said she was ‘only joking’ and told him not to take it seriously, but she also later apologised for her insensitive comment.

He explained: “Subsequently Anne Robinson then asked me to sit beside her on the plane and I thought twice about it and I sat down beside her, and we had a very enlightening conversation, a very sensible conversation, and she apologised.



Eamonn had to fly home from London immediately after getting a call from his brother
Eamonn had to fly home from London immediately after getting a call from his brother

“What can you do when someone apologises? You are left with a choice whether you forgive or don’t forgive, and I decided to forgive her.”

Eamonn added: ‘I’m a good father. No matter how old my children are – they’re 32, 30, 28 and 18 – I check in with them. I do my best.”

His children are called Declan, Rebecca and Niall, with Gabrielle Holmes and Jack Alexander Holmes with Ruth Langsford.

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During the interview, the TV host was emotional and wept when he remembered Leonard, his father who died suddenly from a heart attack in 1991.

Even 31 years later, Eamonn admitted that he misses Leonard every day.

Eamonn spoke out about the panic attacks he suffered from his sudden father’s death in 2018.

“I’ve had a number of panic attacks, thank goodness it was 27 years or so ago. It happened to me once on air presenting BBC television,” He bravely shared his story.

Eammon is now 60 and fears he will die in four years. His father, who was 64 when he died, left him with only four years of life.

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Eamonn Holmes told Anne Robinson he'd 'knock her head off' after parenting skills remark
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