The TV host received an Ofcom complaint for discussing the Duchess of Sussex’s attitude at Wimbledon earlier this year
The TV host received an Ofcom complaint for discussing the Duchess of Sussex’s attitude at Wimbledon when she refused to have photos taken of her in the Royal box.
Speaking on This Morning , he said: “If you have an uppity attitude, you’re only through the door two minutes and suddenly you’re sitting at Wimbledon and your royal protection are saying, ‘No photographs, no photographs!’”
ITV bosses told the presenter off after receiving a complaint, as the word “uppity” historically has racial connotations.
Shocked viewers complained to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, as some even wrote to the network’s Head of Diversity, Ade Rawcliffe.
The word “uppity” was used in the US in the 19th century as an insult to black people who “didn’t know their place.”
Ms Rawcliffe wrote to the shocked viewer to explain the situation had been dealt with, saying: “Eamonn was unaware of the history of the term ‘uppity’ and how it could be interpreted when describing Meghan Markle.
“We are not saying that ignorance is in any way a defence, he was using the term to describe what he interpreted as arrogance.
“The origins of the term have now been explained to Eamonn and the wider editorial team and it won’t be used again. We apologise for any offence that this may have caused you.”
The blunder has since attracted a lot of criticism on social media, with many viewers left “outraged” by the presenter not knowing the origin of the word.
A spokesperson for ITV said: “Eamonn Holmes was absolutely not reprimanded for his use of the word ‘uppity’.
“Conversations took place with Eamonn and the wider production team involving an explanation of a possible interpretation of the word, which had come to light on the basis of a complaint made to the channel after the broadcast.
“Therefore this was a point of learning for the wider team, not in any way a rebuke.”