Eamonn Holmes makes dig at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

Eamonn Holmes makes another sly dig at This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after claims they jumped the queue to see Queen lying in state – while Holly ‘will not’ quit programme ‘following talks’

  • Eamonn Holmes has made another sly dig at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby amid claims they jumped the queue at Westminster Hall in London last week to film a segment for This Morning while the late Queen lie in state 
  • The ‘devastated’ presenters have faced growing fury after images of them appearing to ‘skip the queue’ emerged while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time to pay their respects to Her Majesty 
  • While ITV has strongly denied any wrongdoing on their and Holly and Phil’s part, Eamonn, 62 – who has made no secret of his ongoing feud with Phillip after he and his wife Ruth Langsford were axed from presenting This Morning on Friday – has been unable to resist making light of their situation 
  • He first made a savage dig at Holly and Phil during an appearance on GB News 

Eamonn Holmes has made another sly dig at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after it was claimed they jumped the queue at Westminster Hall in London last week to film a segment for This Morning while the late Queen lie in state.

The ‘devastated’ presenters have faced growing fury after images of them appearing to ‘skip the queue’ emerged on Friday while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time to pay their respects to Her Majesty.

While ITV has strongly denied any wrongdoing on their and Holly and Phil’s part, Eamonn, 62 – who has made no secret of his ongoing feud with Phillip after he and his wife Ruth Langsford were axed from presenting This Morning on Friday – has been unable to resist making light of their situation.

Naughty: Eamonn Holmes, 62, has made another sly dig at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after it was claimed they queue-jumped as the Queen lie in state last week

After making a savage dig at his former colleagues during an appearance on GB News this week, Eamonn took to Twitter to respond to a meme posted by a Twitter user of him and wife Ruth which referenced the queue-jumping saga.

In the image, Ruth, 62, is seen walking into a room in front of Eamonn with her hand over her mouth while Eamonn is laughing behind her.

The text on the picture read: ‘When you reach the front of the queue.’

Professional visit: The presenters have faced growing fury after images of them appearing to ‘skip the queue’ emerged on Friday while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited

Joke: Eamonn took to Twitter to respond to a meme posted by a Twitter user of him and wife Ruth which referenced the queue-jumping saga

Cheeky: Eamonn – who has made no secret of his ongoing feud with Phillip – has been unable to resist making light of their situation

Eamonn commented on the snap: ‘Ha ha …. Nice one,’ along with a thumbs-up emoji.

The Twitter user wrote along with their post: ‘I always preferred @EamonnHolmes and @RuthieeL #ThisMorning.’

This is not the first time Eamonn has addressed the controversy – he first made a savage dig at Holly and Phil during an appearance on GB News this week.

Hitting out: It comes after Eamonn (left) made a dig at Phillip and Holly during a recent appearance on GB News (Eamonn pictured with his GB News co-host Isabel Webster)

Eamonn’s GB News co-host Isabel Webster, 39, introduced a guest, saying: ‘[They] suffered that queue and they were not of any insignificant age, we’ll be talking to them after this.’ 

Jumping at the opportunity to criticise Phil and Holly, Eamonn chimed in: ‘What, Holly and Phillip?’

Sources claimed today that a ‘distraught’ Holly will not quit This Morning over the ‘queue skipping row’ – as she and her ‘dumbstruck’ co-star Phillip battle an escalating public backlash for apparently ‘jumping the line’ to see the Queen lying in state at the Palace of Westminster – but show insiders ‘still fear what future holds’ for the ITV star.  

Visit: Holly and Phil outside the Houses of Parliament. The pair deny ‘skipping the queue’ to see the Queen’s coffin 

The ‘devastated’ presenters – who are reportedly paid as much as £600,000 for hosting the popular daytime show from Mondays to Thursdays, and not Friday – have faced growing fury after images of them appearing to ‘skip the queue’ emerged on Friday while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time to pay their respects to Her Majesty.

Holly was reportedly in floods of tears as she and Phil both begged This Morning bosses to defend them from the ensuing storm – and were furious that ITV sat on their hands before issuing a short statement defending the pair on Saturday.

A source close to Holly told the MailOnline that they ‘spent most of today speaking to producers about queue-gate, they have assured her that viewer reaction has not been as bad as the social media fallout.

Heading in: The TV stars said they acknowledged the strength of feeling but refused to apologise, claiming they were at the venue to work as broadcasters for the people who couldn’t be there themselves 

‘Many show insiders still fear what the future may hold but bosses seem to have calmed her down from the weekend where she was very upset about the whole thing. The row has only brought her close to Philip too.’  

Speaking of the anger directed at Holly and Phil, the insider continued: ‘When they started being bombarded with messages via social media they were simply stunned. They’ve been left astonished at the way the whole thing has mushroomed.

‘That’s the main reason they wanted something to be said on Saturday [when This Morning issued a statement] and why they were insistent the show needed to address it head on on Tuesday.

Onlookers: Schofield and Willoughby are seen in a video posted on TikTok leaving Westminster Hall after they carried out filming and were accused of jumping the queue

‘Holly, in particular, has been left totally distraught by this. She’s been in floods of tears at some of the things she’s been called and of the behaviour she’s been accused of.

‘She’d never jump a queue or behave in that way and is heartbroken that people think she would.

‘Producers and staff at This Morning are rallying round. They are a close knit team but there is a concern at how it has impacted on Holly and has left many wondering if it’s pushed her close to the exit.’

Addressing the controversy on today’s episode of This Morning, Miss Willoughby and Mr Schofield doubled down on their claim that they had not skipped the queue, and instead had entered Westminster Hall in their capacity as broadcasters so they could display the solemn scenes to viewers who were unable to file past the coffin themselves.

Show hosts: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning 

MailOnline exclusively revealed today that panicking bosses at This Morning were worried that Holly was so distraught by ITV’s failure to act sooner that she might quit.

But it has now emerged that Holly will not be leaving, with a source telling The Sun: ‘She has been devastated by all the negative reaction after she turned up to work at Westminster Hall with Phil on Friday, but she’s not going to resign. This Morning has been her life for more than a decade and the only way she’d consider quitting at this stage is if viewers really didn’t want her there.

‘She’s tried to give their side of the story on the show today and they’re both hoping to move on from it now. Bosses know Holly is still a hit with viewers and are counting on her working her magic on the show for a good while yet.’

More than 35,000 people have signed a petition demand that Holly and Phil be sacked from ITV.

An ITV source said: ‘We absolutely made it clear at the time that it was part of a broadcast due to air on Tuesday. This was communicated from the outset, and we gave this information immediately. There have been no crisis discussions or talks about Holly not being part of This Morning moving forward.’

MailOnline understands that the pair personally insisted that fiasco be addressed at the start of the show and believe ITV should not have waited so long to speak out on the matter – spending the weekend ‘locked in talks’ with TV producers. A source revealed: ‘Philip and Holly are dumbstruck at the level of anger they’ve received in the past few days. They felt ITV should have made it clearer, right away, that it was part of a broadcast.’   

In the first episode of the show since the alleged queue-jumping occurred, Holly and Phil strongly denied the claims, and said they had been in Westminster Hall to work.

Public opinion: More than 35,000 people have signed a petition demand that Holly and Phil be sacked from ITV

They said: ‘Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists we were given official permission to access the hall.

‘It was strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who have not been able to visit Westminster in person.

‘The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back.

‘In contrast, those paying respect walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause.

‘None of the broadcasters and journalists there took anyone’s place in the queue and no one filed past the Queen. We of course respected those rules.

‘However, we realise that it may have looked like something else, and therefore totally understand the reaction. Please know that we would never jump a queue.’ 

Speaking out: This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip had ‘VIP access’ and filed ‘past the Queen lying in state’ 

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