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'Love war' over Eamonn Holmes blamed for Lorraine Kelly's feud with PM hopeful McVey


Sarah Tulloch

By Sarah Tulloch

Lorraine Kelly has denied she was involved in a TV sofa "love war" with Eamonn Holmes and PM hopeful Esther McVey, who claims she was promoted above the Scottish TV presenter at GMTV.

Rumours of a feud between the two women have swirled after Kelly appeared to snub her former colleague live on air on Monday, when the politician was a guest on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

The daytime TV star shook her head and looked shocked as she watched a clip of the Tory leadership hopeful telling a press conference that the pair used to share a dressing room.

Asked later in the day about their history, McVey said: “She used to be on the programme afterwards and obviously she used to be partnered with Eamonn Holmes and then I was promoted to be partnering with Eamonn Holmes.”

However, when Kelly was shown the clip from the press conference by Piers Morgan during GMB on Tuesday, the presenter dismissed her claims.

Morgan said to her: “So (she is) basically inferring there you lost in a kind of love war over Eamonn?”

Kelly replied: “Well, who wouldn’t want to fight over Eamonn Holmes?

“No, there is no battle. I’m baffled by that though because I had my own show from 1992 and I don’t actually think she joined until five years later.

“As far as sharing dressing rooms go, it wasn’t really like that. It’s not palatial like it is now. I know Piers, you’ve got your Winnebago.

“It was just a little room that everybody shared, that we went in and we got ready in.

“It wasn’t a dressing room with couches and all of that, it wasn’t palatial at all.”

Northern Ireland TV presenter Holmes hosted shows on GMTV from 1993-2005, when he left stating that the show had run out of "real news" and had become "celebrity obsessed".

Pressed by Susanna Reid if she and McVey were “best friends”, Kelly said: “I will be genuinely honest with you, I don’t remember.

Lorraine with Eamonn Holmes
Lorraine with Eamonn Holmes

“It was a long time ago, my show was totally separate from that show.”

Asked if she approves of McVey’s politics, she said: “Yesterday, Piers, I will be honest with you, I just got sick to the back teeth of the whole toxic political atmosphere.

“I strongly disagree with her on LGBT rights and I just felt like I’ve had enough of this, we’ve had two-and-a-half years of going round in circles over Brexit and now we’ve got people at each other’s throats and it's got to stop.”

McVey has drawn criticism for saying parents should have the right to withdraw their children from school lessons where they are taught about LGBT relationships.

Video grab taken from ITV of a clip of Ester McVey (left) and Eamonn Holmes (right) presenting together on GMTV that was shown on Good Morning Britain.
Video grab taken from ITV of a clip of Ester McVey (left) and Eamonn Holmes (right) presenting together on GMTV that was shown on Good Morning Britain.

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