Eamonn Holmes' car crash interview as he riles David Cassidy
Eamonn Holmes bore the brunt of David Cassidy's sharp tongue in a toe-curling interview on This Morning.
The Seventies singer was speaking from his Florida mansion via video-link yesterday when he became disgruntled by Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford's line of questioning.
They were asking about his financial woes after he declared himself bankrupt following a bitter divorce when the conversation took a turn for the worse.
Responding to the Belfast-born co-host's enquiry about his state of mind, Cassidy snapped at him: "I'm sorry, I don't know why you're asking me about my debts. I'm not going to discuss. Are you here to rubbish me?"
The global chart topper added: "When you declare bankruptcy in this country, it's something you do in order to reorganise what you have, your assets, so I'm not going to discuss that."
When Langsford remarked that he had been through a lot, Cassidy replied: "Yes, I have and I still have fantastic assets."
Things got more heated when she asked about his marriage split.
"What? What are you asking me now? It's a difficult journey when you're going through a divorce," the entertainer said.
Sue Cassidy, who has been married to the 65-year-old star for 23 years, filed for divorce after his third arrest for driving under the influence. The uncomfortable chat continued when Langsford asked if he was glad to have the support of fans after such a difficult journey.
"Don't interrupt me," Cassidy snapped back - telling her to "wait" nine times, when she voiced agreement with him.
Cassidy's attitude may have been influenced by technical difficulties. "What's difficult for me with this transaction that we're doing here is that I hear echoes and it's very difficult to concentrate," he said.
Langsford continued by asking if he would tour the UK soon.
"Probably not," said Cassidy. "The problem is there is a 20% foreign entertainer's tax and with everything else that it costs to go there. No, I don't think so. I'd love to, but I ended up making $630 (£408) last time I went there, so it didn't make a lot of sense."
He said his fans have been "incredible" and "sensational".
"I guess I'll have to do it just via the internet," he said.
Ending the interview, father-of-four Holmes asked if he was sad to sell his mansion, which Cassidy is auctioning for $1.8m (£1.2m).
"It had nothing to do with declaring bankruptcy, that was a totally separate issue. I'm doing it because I'm in the middle of a divorce," he replied.
Holmes - who, with his 55-year-old wife, recently signed a deal with Channel 5 fronting a six-part series on the the lives of the super-rich - compared Cassidy's situation to the good fortunes of his rival Donny Osmond when the video-link ended, and mentioned the singer's arrests for drink-driving.
"David's going through more than (a divorce), he's been arrested three times for being drunk under the influence," he said to Langsford. He then apologised to viewers, and said: "Folks, we only ask the questions, it's up to them to answer them."
Holmes reached for a drink after the interview, downing an entire glass of red wine live on air while telling his wife: "My darling, as you know, I don't drink. Today I'm going to make an exception. David Cassidy, here's to you!"
Holmes took to Twitter and wrote: "After #ThisMorning interview with us , if #DavidCassidy isn't in #CBB next year they r missing out on his delusion & rudeness! Perfect combo."
He then tweeted that Cassidy had stolen the crown of worst interviewee: "Just when I thought my #DavidBlaine i/view could never be topped along comes another David to steal the Crown - #DavidCassidy #ThisMorning."