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Victoria Johns & Siobhan Macdonald

Inside Ruth Langsford and Phillip Schofield's 'feud' amid claims he 'demeaned' Loose Women stars

In a bombshell interview Eamonn Holmes opened up about he and his wife Ruth Langsford's 'feud' with Phillip Schofield after his ITV axe.

TV fans first got a hint something wasn't right between Ruth, 63, and Phillip, 61, during a This Morning crossover to Loose Women. Viewers at home saw Phil abruptly cut off Ruth during the crossover, where she could be seen visibly shocked at the rude incident.

The Mirror reports that this wasn't the first time Phil had upset Ruth and the other ITV panellists, as Eamonn Holmes opened up about the feud in an interview with GB News. Despite Eamonn and Ruth fully supporting Phil when he came out as gay in 2020, the Irish broadcaster claimed that the 61-year-old 'demeaned' other ITV stars.

As Eamonn's bombshell interview with Dan Wooten shined a light on new information, let's have a look into Ruth and his feud with Phil.

Phil cuts off Ruth on Loose Women

Ruth was left visibly annoyed after being cut off by Phil live on ITV when she was previewing Loose Women four years ago. The 63-year-old was introducing the upcoming show but Phil stopped her mid sentence claiming they'd run out of time.

Phillip shouted: "Guys, we're going to have to jump in there and stop you I'm afraid because we're a bit tight for time on this end."

Phil added: "Thank you Ruth and we'll catch you guys a little bit later." Looking put out by the interaction, Ruth quipped back: "I only had about two more words to say - don’t worry."

Eamonn defends Ruth

Eamonn rushed to his wife's defence following the incident and said he felt 'sorry' for the way Phil had treated her.

Defending his wife, he told the Daily Mail Weekend magazine: "Phillip is renowned for snubbing people. He's very passive-aggressive. It's up to Ruth to say how she felt, but I was feeling hurt for her. No-one would have snubbed me like that.

"I have a good Belfast street fighter in me. I would be direct. I don't go for presenters who think they have a special privilege or aura or influence."

The This Morning family at the National Television Awards in 2021 (PA)

Awkward interaction between Ruth and Phil at the NTAs

When This Morning won Best Live Magazine Show at the National Television Awards in 2020, viewers noticed an awkward interaction between Phil and Ruth.

Eamonn and his wife Ruth Langsford used to share This Morning hosting duties with Holly and Phil (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Phillip went on to say: “We have an amazing team…you are the best team on the telly, we love you so much, we love getting up in the morning and standing on the shoulders of all the hard work that you’ve done.”

He then asked Ruth to say a few words, but a source claimed to the Sun Online that this unexpected

They told the publication: "Ruth has never been invited by Phil to speak during an NTAs acceptance speech before until now. It was clearly all staged by bosses at This Morning, but Ruth clearly bristled when Phil put his arm around her."

Ruth appears to make a dig at Phil after 'feud' with Holly

Ruth appeared to reference Holly and Phil's fall out earlier this month when the Loose Women panel discussed dating. The panel discussed if they would let a pal set them up with a friend, as Coleen Nolan revealing she would gladly accept her friends' choice of partner.

"I would trust all of you to pick a blind date for me - well would I?" Coleen said, before hesitating. Ruth said she should trust her, before quipping: "We might be feuding at the time!" leaving the others in hysterics.

Viewers also picked up on how 'ecstatically happy' Ruth looked when speaking to Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary on air the day after Phil quit This Morning.

Eamonn accuses Phil of demeaning his wife

In his bombshell interview, Eamonn referenced Phil and Ruth's exchange on Loose Women back in 2019. Speaking about the ex ITV star's 'arrogance', he said: "He was so rude, so dismissive of the Loose Women."

Claiming a 'good presenter' would have been able to deal with shaving off 20 seconds off their given time slot, Eamonn continued: "He was so rude to Ruth, saying: 'Why are we doing this [introducing the Loose Women line-up? What's the point of this?'

"I know the Loose Women felt very demeaned."

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