Eamonn Holmes makes a dig at former colleagues Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for queue jumping

Holly Willoughby has spoken on This Morning saying the pair were given “official permission to access the hall”

Eamonn Holmes has made a dig at his former colleagues Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby amid their queue jumping scandal.

The 62-year-old from Belfast co-presents Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel, and yesterday they welcomed guests Dawn Neesom and Christopher Biggins.

On the GB news show, they were discussing the Queen’s funeral and the long queue to see Her Majesty’s coffin lying in state.

Eamonn Holmes, Broadcaster attends The Television and Radio Industries Club Christmas lunch in December 2021. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

Subsequently, the current outrage about This Morning’s Philip and Holly jumping said queue came into discussion.

The ITV presenters were seen skipping 24 hour queues and being taken straight to a press viewing gallery, with VIP passes around their neck.

It caused outrage among the public and celebrities alike, with the likes of David Beckham and Susanne Ried seen joining the queue on the streets of London.

Whilst discussing the queue-jumping matter on the breakfast show, guest Dawn said “everybody had come together” in an effort to pay their respects, whilst Eamonn batted back “except not everyone came together”.

The Northern Irish broadcaster co-hosted ITV’s This Morning with his wife Ruth for 15 years.

Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes at the National Television Awards 2020. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Another former This Morning host, Fearn Britton, also made a dig at Holly and Phillip’s queue jumping antics.

Fearn took to Twitter on Friday, sarcastically asking her followers: “There’s a VIP line?”

Fearn was a guest presenter on This Morning since 1993, before becoming a full-time host in 1999.

Between 2002 and her leaving 2009, she co-hosted alongside Phillip.

Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton at the ITV’s 50th Anniversary Royal Reception in October 2005. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Speaking on This Morning, Holly said: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists we were given official permission to access the hall.”

ITV also previously issued a statement on behalf of the This Morning presenters, claiming that the pair were there “in a professional capacity”.

Richard Madeley, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes of This Morning after winning the Live Magazine Show award during the National Television Awards 2020. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

They wrote: “Hello everyone, we would like to clarify something.

“We asked Phillip and Holly to be part of a film for this Tuesday’s programme.

“They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event.”

However, Phillip and Holly are not the only ones who have used their power to jump the queue.

Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife also walked straight in, and were told to wait behind Theresa May and her husband Philip.

In a tweet from Philip May, Boris and Carrie are compared to the likes of Phillip and Holly.