Eamonn Holmes may be a famous tv presenter, but he has some, eh, interesting table manners, it appears.
The Northern Irish broadcaster has revealed that when filming scenes as part of new Channel 5 series Eamonn & Ruth: How the Other Half Lives, he spit out some fancy food worth thousands of pounds, resulting in the couple being kicked out of the restaraunt.
“It was a very funny situation and I was served up the most pretentious thing,” the This Morning presenter explained. “It wasn’t in normal circumstances and I had to guess what was in my mouth and I panicked a bit.
“What was in my mouth foamed up slightly and I spat it out. Anyway, we were basically thrown out because of that. It was haute cuisine and I don’t know why I (spat it out).”
He continued: “But come on, I just wanted to stop and say ‘Are you kidding here?’. The amount was thousands of pounds for a melt in the mouth thing and I really just thought ‘Get over yourself’. How can you, in a real world, say that this is somehow worthwhile doing?”
The series sees the pair sampling the lives of the rich and famous, including travelling all over the world meeting billionaires who own £2 million watches, flying via private jet at a cost of £10,000 a trip and paying £100,000 just to secure a table at the most exclusive clubs in Ibiza.
But Eamonn says that when it comes to his own spending habits, he has a “big conscience” about wasting money.
Explaining that he and Ruth are from “a working-class family”, the 55-year-old said: “As your earnings go up, you run out of friends. Because you run out of people to share it with.
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) October 19, 2015
“It’s alright saying ‘We can afford a weekend here’, but so few people around you can. I went through a stage where I used to pay for everybody: ‘Come on, come with us – I’ll pay for it’.
“Then I realised people really didn’t admire you for that, they actually resented you a bit for it. And you sort of find your own level and you realise the more wealth you get is a difficult thing to balance.”
Eamonn & Ruth: How the Other Half Lives airs Thursday October 27 at 9pm on Channel 5.