Eamonn Holmes boasted that he was the ‘market leader’ among TV presenters

Eamonn Holmes boasted that he was the ‘market leader’ among TV presenters and told his legal team that ITV hired him because he ‘could do the job better than anyone else’

Eamonn Holmes believes he’s the ‘best live television presenter in the country’, legal documents related to his tax case reveal.

The host claimed ITV hired him for This Morning because he ‘could do the job better than anyone else’ and he regarded himself as ‘the market leader’.

He also boasted he was someone who could boost ratings and was in ‘total control’ over what happened on the show and was ‘not there to follow other people’s rules’.

The comments are included in papers he submitted after HM Revenue and Customs challenged the way he was paid.

Eamonn Holmes (pictured with wife Ruth Langsford) believes he’s the ‘best live television presenter in the country’, legal documents related to his tax case reveal

The host (pictured) claimed ITV hired him for This Morning because he 'could do the job better than anyone else' and he regarded himself as 'the market leader'

The host (pictured) claimed ITV hired him for This Morning because he ‘could do the job better than anyone else’ and he regarded himself as ‘the market leader’

Yesterday the Daily Mail told how Holmes, 60, faces a tax bill of up to £250,000 after losing a tribunal.

The presenter claimed he was a self-employed freelancer and was paid through his own limited company rather than directly as an employee of ITV. 

The taxman has been cracking down on the practice, under which stars can pay tax at a lower rate, and two years ago former regional TV presenter Christa Ackroyd was hit with a £420,000 tax bill.

Holmes on Holmes… what he told taxman 

Extracts from Eamonn Holmes’s submission to the tribunal…

Engagers sign me up for my profile and what my USP (unique selling point) brings to their project.

Once I am on air I am effectively in total control of what needs to happen.

If I were to say something that the producers felt to be unacceptable, there is nothing they could do.



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