This Morning has been hit with Ofcom complaints after Eamonn Holmes compared Dr Zoe Williams’ hair to an ‘alpaca’ on the programme last week.
The 61-year-old presenter sparked an immediate backlash when he made the comments as he introduced the health expert’s upcoming segment, saying: ‘You just want to pet it, don’t you? It’s very alpaca-ish.’
Eamonn later apologised for the way that the remarks were taken, insisting that he just meant to be humorous.
Dr Zoe also spoke out adding that she had ‘accepted his apology’. ‘It was mis-judged and I think it’s fair to say that both Eamonn and I wish it hadn’t been said,’ she penned.
The uncomfortable scenes also prompted a discussion on why it is never acceptable to compare a Black woman’s hair to animal fur.
Television watchdog Ofcom has confirmed that 156 complaints were made regarding Eamonn. It is not yet clear whether an investigation will be launched.