Eamonn Holmes branded ‘vile’ and ‘rude’ after ‘offensive’ remark to 22-month-old incurable cancer kid.
Eamonn Holmes has been scorned by viewers of This Morning after making a light-hearted joke to a child who has incurable cancer, which many thought was in bad taste.
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The Northern Irish broadcaster, who is standing in for Holly and Phil while the pair take a well deserved break, interviewed 22-month-old Dawson Willcock – who suffers from rare liver cancer, hepatoblastoma.
They launched the Dollar for Dawson appeal in May to raise £500,000 so America’s top paediatric haematologist-oncologist, Dr James Gellar, can “pull a miracle from somewhere” to help keep Dawson alive.
Presenting alongside his wife Ruth Langsford, Eamonn wished the family luck with their fundraising campaign. But the host caused outrage when…
He suggested that the youngster return to the show when “he has hair”.
Mr Holmes joked: “Dawson come back and see us when you get all your hair back yeah? When you get better, and well, and lovely.”
Viewers took to social media to berate the ill-timed gag, with some wishing him sacked for his actions. One social media user vented on twitter, writing: “Eamonn Holmes needs the sack!! After what he said to that poor little boy”.
Another added: “I can’t believe Eamonn Holmes just said to a child with cancer “come back and see us when you’ve got your hair back.” What a vile man”.
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