Eamonn Holmes Forced To Apologise After Receiving More Than 400 Ofcom Complaints Over 5G Conspiracy Comments
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The ITV show received hundreds of Ofcom complaints, and Holmes was blasted by scientists and doctors for fueling the belief that somehow the roll out of 5G has caused the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the apology, Eamonn addresses the criticism, saying he wanted to 'clarify' his comments that viewers 'may have misinterpreted'.
Eamonn Holmes full statement on 5G remarks: "Many people are rightly concerned and are looking for answers, and that was simply what I was trying to do. For the avoidance of any doubt ... no scientific evidence to substantiate any of those 5G theories." pic.twitter.com/Gsu57yfkUB
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In a piece to camera, he said: "This involved the roll out of 5G. Both Alice Beer and me agreed in a discussion, on this very programme, on fake news that it's not true and there is no connection between the present national health emergency and 5G and to suggest otherwise would be wrong - and indeed it could be possibly dangerous.
"Every theory relating to such a connection has been proven to be false and we would like to emphasise that.
"However, many people are rightly concerned and are looking for answers, and that's something simply what I was trying to do to in part yesterday and for the avoidance of any doubt I want to make it clear [there's] no scientific evidence to substantiate any of those 5G theories and I hope that clears that up."
On yesterday's episode, Holmes questioned presenter Alice Beer who said that the conspiracies are 'ridiculous' and 'incredibly stupid'.
Holmes, who was co-presenting with wife Ruth Langsford replied: "It's very easy to say it is not true because it suits the state narrative."
He then told Beer: "I totally agree with everything you are saying, but what I don't accept is mainstream media immediately slapping that down as not true when they don't know it's not true.
"No-one should attack or damage or do anything like that but it's very easy to say it is not true because it suits the state narrative."
Holmes added: "That's all I would say, as someone with an inquiring mind."
The apology today comes after Ofcom revealed it had received at least 419 complaints about the presenter's comments.
A spokesperson from the watchdog told Metro: "We are assessing this programme in full as a priority."
Holmes' comments have also been blasted by scientists.
Brendan Wren, professor of microbial pathogenesis at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told Sky News: "I welcome enquiring minds but this needs to be based on some fact and not pedalled as a conspiracy, as this causes untold damage."
LADbible has contacted ITV for comment.