Eamonn Holmes' reality TV tirade

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 November 2010
Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes has blasted reality TV shows, saying he would rather have his ''fingernails ripped out'' than watch 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Eamonn Holmes has blasted reality TV shows as "poisonous" and "sad".

The former 'GMTV' presenter has claimed he would rather have his "fingernails ripped out" than watch 'Strictly Come Dancing', while slamming 'X Factor' presenters for not possessing enough experience to conduct an adequate interview.

He said: "These days our big shared television moments, our state events, are 'The X Factor' and 'Strictly'. Those are the only events families can talk about, which I do find sad. I would rather have my fingernails ripped out than watch 'Strictly'.

"We don't hire presenters trained in journalism, as I was, because we want 'X Factor' reality TV people."

The 50-year-old presenter - who now hosts 'Sky News Sunrise' - then went on to dismiss the contestants in Lord Alan Sugar's business competition 'The Apprentice' as "fools".

Eamonn added to Live magazine: "I'd hate to think my children could be as poisoned, ruthless and blinkered as the fools on that programme. I think this idolisation we have of business people is wrong.

"In society we have envy everywhere. Meanness is a trait I despise. That's what I see in 'The Apprentice'. It promotes evilness and greed."

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