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This Morning's Eamonn Holmes in race row for calling Meghan Markle 'uppity'


This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes has found himself at the centre of a race row after calling Meghan Markle “uppity”.

The TV host received an Ofcom complaint for discussing the Duchess of Sussex’s attitude at Wimbledon when she refused to have photos taken of her in the Royal box.

Speaking on This Morning , he said: “If you have an uppity attitude, you’re only through the door two minutes and suddenly you’re sitting at Wimbledon and your royal protection are saying, ‘No photographs, no photographs!’”

This Morning host Eamonn Holmes has been told off by ITV bosses after using the word 'uppity' to describe the Duchess of Sussex
Eamonn Holmes has been told off by ITV bosses after using the word ‘uppity’ to describe the Duchess of Sussex

ITV bosses told the presenter off after complaints started rolling in, as the word “uppity” historically has racial connotations.

Shocked viewers complained to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, as some even wrote to the network’s Head of Diversity, Ade Rawcliffe.

The word “uppity” was used in the US in the 19th century as an insult to black people who “didn’t know their place.”

ITV defended the presenter, saying that he was unaware of the connotations and that it has since been banned from the network.

Many This Morning viewers filed complaints to Ofcom in support of Meghan Markle after Eamonn Holmes 'uppity' comment about the Duchess of Sussex
Many This Morning viewers filed complaints to Ofcom in support of Meghan Markle after Eamonn Holmes ‘uppity’ comment

After the discussion with Ofcom, Ms Rawcliffe wrote to the shocked viewer to explain the situation had been dealt with, saying: “Eamonn was unaware of the history of the term ‘uppity’ and how it could be interpreted when describing Meghan Markle.

“We are not saying that ignorance is in any way a defence, he was using the term to describe what he interpreted as arrogance.

“The origins of the term have now been explained to Eamonn and the wider editorial team and it won’t be used again. We apologise for any offence that this may have caused you.”

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The blunder has since attracted a lot of criticism on social media, with many viewers left “outraged” by the presenter not knowing the origin of the word.

A spokesperson for ITV said: “At the time of the broadcast in July, Eamonn Holmes was unaware of the history of a particular usage of the term “uppity” and how it could have been interpreted when describing Meghan Markle.

“Eamonn was using the term to describe what he interpreted as arrogance. The history of the term’s usage was clearly explained to Eamonn and the editorial team at the time and it won’t be used again.”





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