Eamonn Holmes once told Anne Robinson that he would have “knocked her head off” if she were a man – after she criticized his parenting.
The 76-year-old sour-tongued TV host previously angered Eammon after claiming he “sacrificed fatherhood for fame” — and he wasn’t afraid to confront her about it when they met at an airport.
Announcer Eamonn, 61, shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and Jack, 18, with current wife Ruth Langsford.
Awkward: Eamonn Holmes (left with wife Ruth Langsford) once told Anne Robinson he would have ‘knocked her head off’ if she were a man – after criticizing his parenting
Speaking of his children on RTE One’s The Meaning of Life show on Irish TV, he said: ‘This is the man who went into an airport lounge one Sunday morning, very, very early in Belfast, and there was another person in there. that lounge and it was Anne Robinson.
“I walked up to her and said simply, very coolly and sincerely, ‘If you were a guy, I’d knock your damn head off. I just want you to know that.’ ‘
The star – who co-hosts This Morning with wife Loose Women star Ruth, 60, over the summer months – slammed Anne’s comments, protesting that he is always there for his children.
Reputation: The sour-tongued 76-year-old TV host previously angered Eammon after claiming he “sacrificed fatherhood for fame” — and he wasn’t afraid to confront her about it when they met at an airport
Family: Announcer Eamonn, 61, shares children Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, (right) Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and Jack, 18, (left) with current wife Ruth Langsford.
He added: ‘This comes from a man who was due to fly back from London for his children’s school sports days, who would be taking the last flight from Belfast at 10pm after he had put them to bed every night. 8:00 pm, you know, who was just there for them all the time with every need for them.’
Eamonn admitted that the Countdown presenter insisted he sit next to her on the run and apologized for her comments.
He said: ‘Then Anne Robinson asked me to sit next to her on the plane and I thought twice and I sat down next to her, and we had a very enlightening conversation, a very sensible conversation, and she apologized.
Close: The star slammed Anne’s comments, protesting that he is always there for his children (pictured with daughter Rebecca)
‘What can you do if someone apologizes? You have a choice whether to forgive or not, and I decided to forgive her?
‘I’m a good father. No matter how old my kids are – they are 32, 30, 28 and 18 – I check in with them. I’m trying my best.’
Also on the show, Eammon broke down in tears as he paid tribute to his late father Leonard 31 years after his sudden death. He died at age 64 of a heart attack while driving.
He also recalled how his mother Josephine once urged him to let his father give him some money to feel needed.
In the heartbreaking clip, Eamonn said of his tactile and incredibly generous father: “He’s been gone for 31 years now, but I still miss him every day.
“I can’t remember my late father without remembering how he always wanted to take care of… even when I had a successful career. I think he was needed like all of us.’
Describing a vivid memory of his father, as he swallowed the tears, Eamonn said: ‘All he did was give us a big hug, or whatever…
“All he did was say things like, ‘Do you need money?’ I was on Ulster Television making £12,000 a year. He wasn’t making £12,000 a year or anything close to it.
One day my mother said, ‘Let him give you some money’. I did. I was like ‘yes daddy’ and he would give me twenty pounds.’
Eamonn also admitted the hardest part about losing his father so suddenly he couldn’t say goodbye.
He is one of five brothers – Conor, Brian, Leonard and Colm – whom he previously described as his “best friends.”
Devastating: It comes after Eamonn broke down in tears on Sunday night as he paid tribute to his late father, 31 years after his untimely death