Eamonn Holmes is facing backlash from viewers over comments he made during an interview with a young boy with cancer.
During a particularly heartbreaking episode of This Morning, Ruth Langsford and husband, Eamonn Holmes were joined by the Wilcocks family.
They sadly revealed that their 15-month old son, Dawson and been diagnosed with a rare ‘one in a million cancer’, Hepatoblastoma – the same disease Michael Buble’s young son, Noah had – and were there to raise awareness.
At first they were told it was treatable and curable, but soon discovered that Dawson’s cancer is sadly chemo resistant, and has affected his liver and lungs.
In a bid to save his life, parents Wendy and David are aiming to raise £500,000 for treatment in America with a JustGiving page called Dollar for Dawson.
So far the total on their page currently stands at £1489,065, with over 10,000 supporters so far donating.
While Eamonn wished the family from Nottinghamshire luck with their fundraising, he also said: ‘Good luck Dawson, come back and see us when you have your hair back, and you’re all better and well and lovely’ – leaving some viewers outraged.
Many This Morning fans took to Twitter to slam the host for his throwaway comment.
One even described the host as ‘vile’ for making such a remark to a child with cancer, writing: ‘I can’t believe Eamonn Holmes just said to a child with cancer “come back and see us when you’ve got your hair back.” What a vile man.’
Another user said: ‘OMG that was rude! #ThisMorning,’ whilst another fuming user insulted him and added: ‘Come back and see us when you get all your hair back. Seriously did I just hear that? You **** Eamonn. How is he employed!!!’
However, since the show aired yesterday Eamonn has taken to Twitter to hit back at the criticism, with the backing of Dawson’s parents, who also sent a positive tweet about the interview.
‘don’t take any notice at all.. you was nothing but amazing to Dawson, me and Wendy today!’ they exclaimed to the presenter. ‘Nothing but respect for you, Ruth and the team 💙’
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