Eamonn Holmes embroiled in backstage row with Rihanna’s team ‘I will break your arm off!’

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This Morning host Eamonn Holmes, 61, discussed his career and life in a recent podcast and shared details about a “terrible situation” involving Rihanna, 32, and a member of her team. The presenter said he “turned the air blue” after one of the popstar’s crew reportedly “thumped” him in the arm as he tried to shake her hand.

I told him if he touched me again with his fat arm, I will break it off

Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn began by revealing he quite liked “misbehaviour” during interviews, but was not impressed by the response he received as he tried to introduce himself to Rihanna.

He explained: “I had this terrible situation once when Rihanna, the popstar, came in and I politely went into the green room and said, ‘Hello Rihanna,’ I put my hand out and I said, ‘My name is Eamonn and I’ll be doing the interview with you’.

“And I reached out and she looked up at me and as I put my hand out, I got thumped in the side of the arm, like physically (makes thumping noise).

“This guy said to me, ‘If you want to talk to Miss Rihanna, you do it through me’.

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“I said, ‘Oh, I’m terribly sorry, I didn’t realise you were on the programme being interviewed’.”

Recalling the person in question’s reaction, Eamonn added: “[He said] ‘I’m not being interviewed’,” revealing that the actual language used was too inappropriate to repeat on Nicki Chapman’s Taking Success podcast.

He added: “I turned to him and said, ‘Exactly’.

“I then turned the air blue and basically told him if he touched me again with his fat arm, I will break it off and stick it up his a**e’ in front of her.

“She’s sitting there and she’s got two people doing her hair, people lifting her on her chair in and out of the studio.

“No wonder we create these people. It’s unbelievable.

“But this guy, I would not have anybody… I will never speak down to anybody, if I get into an argument with somebody it’s usually somebody above me, certainly not somebody below me but I can’t stand this idea that they somehow treat you like you’re some sort of inferior human being, but everybody falls for it.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Rihanna for comment. 

The broadcaster went on to discuss a further awkward moment involving Mariah Carey.

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The This Morning presenter said he waited four hours for the singer to turn up and was then told she wanted to lay down during the interview.

Eamonn noted that his commitments to GMTV at the time meant he had to wake up at 4am and was left feeling “really exhausted” by the time the hitmaker arrived.

He explained: “They bring me into the room and she’s lying on a chaise lounge.

“I looked and I said, ‘What’s going on here?’ and the guy said Ms Carey will be doing this interview lying down.”

The broadcaster said he then got on the couch to lay beside her, but her team went “ballistic”.

He went on to say: “I said, ‘She’s tired? I’m f***ing tired!

“I’ve been up since four this morning and she’s four hours late! So either we both lie down or we both sit up’.”

But after he claimed, she refused to sit up again, Eamon walked out of the interview.

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