Belfast Telegraph

Eamonn Holmes enjoys reunion with old GMTV colleagues

By Adrian Rutherford

They were the faces of 1990s breakfast television. Now, two decades on, the stars of GMTV are pictured together again.

Eamonn Holmes, Anthea Turner and Fiona Phillips - among the early presenters of the show that launched in 1993 - posed for a selfie after a reunion in a pub.

Posting a picture of the three of them, Turner wrote on Instagram: "GMTV Reunion night at our HQ The Mulberry."

Holmes, who is from Belfast, hosted GMTV alongside Turner from 1994 to 1996.

Their relationship off-screen was tense, with the Belfast man once famously calling her "Princess Tippy Toes" in an interview.

Phillips took over her role in 1997 and shared the sofa with Holmes for nine years.

She recently said: "I loved Eamonn. He could be so naughty but we bounced off each other really well."

The first edition of GMTV was broadcast on January 1, 1993, presented by Holmes and Anne Davies.

Its final edition was on September 2, 2010.

Turner left the station in December 1996, while Holmes stayed on to 2005, before taking up the role of presenter on Sky News' Sunrise programme.

Phillips left GMTV in December 2008 after 12 years as its main presenter. She told viewers leaving was "one of the hardest decisions I've ever made".

Last month Holmes, who now presents This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford, was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to broadcasting over four decades.

He told the Queen he had interviewed almost every member of her family except her.

Speaking at Buckingham Palace after collecting his honour, the broadcaster said the request was laughed off.

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