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Holmes where the heart is for his many admirers

By Gail Walker

There isn’t anything that Penny Smith has said about Eamonn Holmes that is likely to diminish him one jot in the eyes of his millions of fans.

Doesn’t like early starts? Sometimes behaved like a woman with PMT? Bad mood if his team lost? He didn’t like Anthea Turner? Yep, all that is enough to get Penny another few pages across a Sunday supplement, but it just confirms what we all already knew.

Eamonn has made no secret of any of his likes or dislikes, his enthusiasms and his bad habits, from buns to big suits.

What it doesn’t explain is why this so-called curmudgeon, who is so difficult to work with, has been both one of the most popular television presenters of the last two decades in Britain and one of the few who can handle the big night live TV specials.

There’s Terry, there’s Bruce and there’s Eamonn. Not necessarily in that order.

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