Emon Holmes once told Anne Robinson that if she were a man he would ‘behead her’ – after criticizing her upbringing.
The acid-tongued TV presenter, 76, had previously claimed that he had ‘sacrifice paternity for fame’ – and was not afraid to confront her over it when they met at an airport.
The broadcaster shares Eamon, 61, Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, Niall, 28, with ex-wife Gabrielle and 18-year-old Jack with current wife Ruth Langsford.
Weird: Eamon Holmes (abandoned with wife Ruth Langsford) once told Anne Robinson that if she were a man he would ‘behead her’ – after criticizing her upbringing
Speaking about his children on RT One’s The Meaning of Life show on Irish TV, he said: ‘This is the guy who went into an airport lounge one Sunday morning, very early in Belfast, and that lounge There was another person in me too. And it was Anne Robinson.
“I turned to him and I just said, very coldly and heartily meant to say, ‘If you were a boy, I would have beheaded your f**king. I want you to know this.’ ‘
The star — who co-presents This Morning with his wife Loose Women star Ruth, 60, during the summer months — criticized Anne’s comments and protested that he was always there for their kids.
Reputation: The acid-tongued TV presenter, 76, has previously claimed that he had ‘sacrifice paternity for fame’ – and was not afraid to confront her over it when they met at an airport.
Family: Broadcaster Eamon, 61, Declan, 32, Rebecca, 30, (right) Niall, 28, shares ex-wife Gabrielle and Jack, 18, (left) with current wife Ruth Langsford.
He said: ‘This is coming from a man who will be flying back from London for his children’s school play days, who will take the last flight out of Belfast at 10 p.m., when he gets them to bed at 8 p.m. ‘You know, who was there for him at all times on his every need.’
Eamon admitted that the Countdown presenter insisted that he take a seat next to her on the flight and apologized for his comments.
She said: ‘Later, Anne Robinson asked me to sit next to her on the plane and I thought twice about it and I sat down beside her, and we had a very enlightening conversation, a very sensible conversation , and he apologized.
Close up: Star slams Anne’s comments and protests that she’s always there for her kids (pictured with daughter Rebecca)
‘What can you do when someone apologizes? You are left with a choice whether to forgive or not, and I decided to forgive him?
‘I am a good father. No matter how old my kids are — they’re 32, 30, 28 and 18 — I check in with them. I will try my best.’
Also on the show Eamon cried as he paid tribute to his late father Leonard 31 years after his sudden death. He died of a heart attack while driving at the age of 64.
He also recalled how his mother Josephine had once urged him to give some money to his father if he felt the need.
In the heart-wrenching clip, Eamonn said of his touching and incredibly generous father: ‘He’s 31 now, but I still miss him every day.
‘I can’t remember my late father without thinking how he always wanted to provide … even when I had a successful career. I think like all of us, she loved feeling needed.’
Describing a vivid memory of his father, holding back tears, Eamon said: ‘What he did was give us a big hug, or whatever…
‘All he did was saying: “Do you need any money?” I was on Ulster Television, earning £12,000 a year. He wasn’t earning anything around £12,000 a year or so.
‘One day my mother said: “Let him give you some money”. I did I was like “yes dad” and he used to give me twenty bucks.
Eamon also acknowledged the hardest part about losing his father, so suddenly being unable to say goodbye.
He is one of five brothers – Connor, Brian, Leonard and Colum – whom he previously described as his ‘best friend’.
Destructive: This is when Eamon tears up Sunday…