Eamonn Holmes turned down Daybreak

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 September 2010
Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Former 'GMTV' presenter Eamonn Holmes has revealed he turned down the chance to front the new-look ITV morning show 'Daybreak', which is currently being hosted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley

Eamonn Holmes turned down the chance to front 'Daybreak'.

The former 'GMTV' presenter - who hosts 'Sunrise' on Sky News - doesn't regret rejecting an offer to become the face of the new ITV1 morning show, but has accused ITV bosses of copying "elements" of his programme.

He told BANG Showbiz: "I was asked to do it, yes. But I've no regrets about saying no. I've found a very natural home at Sky News. I've had my time, it's time for somebody else to have theirs.

"I haven't seen one single bit of 'Daybreak'. We are very happy with the product we have got in the morning and we know it is a great compliment to us that 'Daybreak' have copied a lot of the elements that we've got, and they've tried to get a lot of our presenters."

The 50-year-old host has been friends with new 'Daybreak' host Christine Bleakley for years, and has previously offered her his support ahead of her first day on the show with Adrian Chiles on Monday (06.09.10).

However, Eamonn has warned the brunette host to keep her feet on the ground.

He said: "Christine is in the stratosphere now, she's inhabiting that which is excellent, I'm really pleased for her. I hope she remembers all the small people on the way up."

Eamonn hosted 'GMTV' from 1993 until 2005, when he moved to 'Sunrise'. During this time, he has also started presenting other ITV1 morning show, 'This Morning' on Fridays with his new wife Ruth Langsford.

The couple married in June this year after 12 weeks together, and Eamonn admits he's happier than ever.

Speaking at the TVChoice Awards in London's Dorchester Hotel, he explained: "Has marriage changed my relationship with Ruth? Yes, she's been very pleasant for at least six weeks. If I'd have known that I'd have done it much, much earlier.

"We complement each other quite well, despite appearances."

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