Eamonn Holmes will reportedly use his This Morning ax in his appeal over a £250,000 tax bill.
The TV presenter, 61, and his wife Ruth Langsford were evicted from their Friday slot after 14 years on the ITV show and replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.
according to The sunEamonn plans to use the ax as proof that his job was never safe in the first place and should therefore be paid as a freelancer.
Appeal: Eamonn Holmes will reportedly use his This Morning ax in his appeal over a £250,000 tax bill (pictured in April 2021)
The appeal comes after a ruling that presenters should be classified as employees, which would mean they would have to pay more taxes.
A source told the publication: ‘Eamonn claimed his job could disappear at any time. Now he has proof. While disturbing, it has given him new hope that he can win his profession.”
Eamonn defended his case earlier last year, saying that as a freelancer, he was entitled to receive his TV payments through his joint-stock company.
The move meant he paid 19 percent corporate tax instead of 45 percent income tax if he was classified as an employee.
Ax: The TV presenter, 61, and wife Ruth Langsford were dropped from their Friday slot after 14 years on the ITV show and replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary
However, HRMC has argued that the broadcaster owes seven years’ worth of taxes at the higher rate.
The source added: “A lot of people in showbiz will watch this with great interest and hope Eamonn can win.”
MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Eamonn Holmes for comment.
On November 30, it was revealed that Ruth and Eamonn, who were filling in for Holly and Phillip on Friday, had been dropped from their weekly slot to be replaced by Alison and Dermot.
Plan: According to The Sun, Eamonn plans to use the ax as proof that his job was never safe in the first place and should therefore be paid as a freelancer
The two stars both sent an identical statement that read: ‘It’s a changing of the guard on Friday from January. We hope you make Alison and Dermot as welcome as you have made us over the years. ‘Have a ball you two!…
“It’s not goodbye from us, it’s just Au Revoir until the next six months.”
Alison broke her silence on the uproar after weeks of speculation, Alison said in a statement: “I never dreamed that when I first joined This Morning – initially for a few months – that I would still be there 19 years later. .
“I really care about the show and the viewers who watch it, so it’s a huge privilege and honor to host a show that I love so much. I’m just really excited to be doing even more of what I love besides the beautiful Dermot.”
A source said: ‘Eamonn claimed his job could disappear at any time. Now he has proof. While disturbing, it has given him new hope that he can win his profession.”
Co-host Dermot shared his own statement: “I am very excited and honored to be part of the This Morning team next year. We have huge shoes to fill and we are well aware of what a privilege it is to step into them.
“Most importantly, we want you to have fun and start your weekend with a smile, especially considering the year we’ve all had.
“So I’m excited to co-host with the living embodiment of sunshine on a rainy day. I can’t wait to get started.’
It came after Alison revealed that This Morning presenters aren’t the best of friends, amid claims she’s embroiled in a feud with Ruth and Eamonn.
In with the new: On November 30, it was revealed that the presenters had been dropped from their weekly slot to be replaced by Alison and Dermot (pictured in August 2020)
In an interview held before the uproar was revealed, Alison claimed that only main hosts Holly and Phillip are off-camera friends.
The TV personality, who attended Ruth and Eamonn’s wedding in 2010, told The Sun: “We’re not on top of each other, you know what I mean?
“Phillip and Holly, they’re going on vacation together. They genuinely love each other, in a brother and sister way.
“But literally when we’re done, everyone wants to go home to their families to see them. I think we got it just right. But no, they’re all going to do their own thing.’
The happy couple: The married duo had been on the show for 15 years and still do fill-in presentations