Eamonn Holmes has been forced to address his views on the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theory after his comments on This Morning yesterday garnered over 400 Ofcom complaints.
The 60-year-old host was forced to state on This Morning that he didn’t believe that there was a link between the coronavirus and 5G and was just simply “looking for answers”.
In the opening of the ITV daytime show today, Eamonn said to viewers: “I want to clarify some comments that some of you may have misinterpreted from me yesterday around conspiracy theories and coronavirus.
“Both Alice Beer and myself agreed in a discussion on this programme that it is not true, and there is no connection between the present national health emergency and 5G – and to suggest otherwise would be wrong and indeed, could be possibly dangerous.”
He continued: “Every theory relating to such a connection has been proven to be false and we would like to empathise that.
“However, many people are rightly concerned and are looking for answers, and that’s simply what I was trying to do.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, I want to make it clear there is no scientific evidence to substantiate any 5G theories. I hope that clears that up.”
Yesterday, viewers were left stunned when the presenter appeared to be suggesting that there was possibly a link between 5G masts and the spread of the deadly virus.
Later on that day, Ofcom confirmed that there had been 419 complaints about the remarks.
A spokesperson for the TV regulator added in a statement: “We are assessing this programme in full as a priority.”
During the ongoing global pandemic, government officials have been forced to debunk a widely-circulated conspiracy theory that suggests the 5G mobile network is responsible for the coronavirus.
Although the government have insisted that this is not the case, arsonists have torched 5G masts and even targetted engineers around the country as the bizarre news began to spread.
In Easter Monday’s episode of This Morning, Eamonn appeared to be suggesting that he thought there could be some truth behind the claims.
In a discussion of the theory, Eamonn said: “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.
“That is all I would say as someone of an enquiring mind.”
I didn't spread it…. I reserve the right to listen and question.
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) April 13, 2020
Immediately, viewers took to social media to criticise the TV host after the segment aired.
One person attached an email address for the TV programme and encouraged others to share their “dismay”.
The TV presenter was forced to respond to one Twitter user after facing tons of backlash, he commented: “I reserve the right to listen and question.”