Eamonn Holmes bids farewell as veteran ITV colleague quits network ‘Enjoy the journey’

This Morning's Eamonn Holmes left red-faced after phone rings live on air

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Television presenter Eamonn Holmes has shared his wishes to a former colleague who has announced that they will be leaving ITV. It comes as Erron Gordon announced he is leaving ITV and Good Morning Britain after 13 years.

I hope our paths cross and we get the chance to collaborate once again.

Eamonn Holmes

This Morning presenter Eamonn, 61, has been appearing on the popular ITV programme alongside wife Ruth Langsford, also 61.

The husband and wife duo are stepping in for regular presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby who are enjoying their summer holidays.

Eamonn recently came under fire for comments made during the mid-morning programme.

However, he has now expressed his wishes after Erron announced his departure.

After seeing the news, Eamonn responded: “It’s a big TV World out there Erron.

“It needs you.”

He went on to add: “I hope our paths cross and we get the chance to collaborate once again.

“Enjoy the journey.”

Sharing his news, Erron took to Twitter saying: “Personal News. After 13 years at @ITV and 7 as the Series Director of @GMB I am leaving the programme at the end of the year to take on an exciting new challenge.

“I’ve had an amazing time working with a brilliant team in front of and behind the camera and I am so proud of the programme I helped launch in 2014.”

Erron added: “I’ve had some incredible opportunities @ITV; launching @itvpeston, directing the prime time leaders debates, #LifeStories & exclusive interviews with @piersmorgan & President Trump as well as travelling the world. Not forgetting somehow getting a part in Bridget Jones Baby!

“I’d like thank GMB Editor @NeilThompson62, Peston Editor Vicky Flind @flindv10 & ITV Daytime MD Emma Gormley for believing in me. The formidable studio crews that make me look good each day and our fabulous on-air team. I’m looking forward to the next chapter and a lie-in! (sic)”

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Earlier this month, Eammon found himself at the centre of controversy after claiming that Dr Zoe Williams’ hair resembled an alpaca.

The host said Zoe’s hair reminded him of an “alpaca” and wanted to “pet” her tresses.

“You just want to pet it, don’t you? It’s very alpaca-ish,” he remarked.

The doctor laughed off his comment and joked: “Don’t touch my hair!”

Following the backlash, the broadcaster has taken to Twitter to apologise.

In view of his one million followers, he wrote: “Hey everyone out there.

“If my attempt at being humorous with my friend @DrZoeWilliams was misjudged I am mortified and humbly apologise to anyone who was offended.”

Speaking out after Eamonn’s apology for his comments, which he had shared on Twitter, Dr Zoe wrote in view of her 104,000 Instagram followers: “I know that many people may have been upset by Eamonn’s remark on air yesterday, and Eamonn has himself acknowledged that his comments made to me on This Morning were misjudged.”

She added: “He has done the right thing by apologising to me directly, and I have accepted his apology.”

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