Eamonn Holmes didn’t hold back went faced with Oxfam fundraising director Tim Hunter, saying the scandal is worse than recent issues in Hollywood and politics.
Oxfam has been embroiled in a scandal which saw staff accused of sexual misconduct, resulting in the deputy head of Oxfam resigning over what she deemed was the charity’s failure to respond adequately to the allegations.
Appearing in a debate on ITV’s This Morning about the ongoing scandal, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were faced with Oxfam fundraising director Tim Hunter who attempted to explain the incident.
Speaking on the show, Tim said: ‘What’s happened over the last few days has been really shocking to people within Oxfam and many of our supporters.
‘It’s revealed things we’re deeply ashamed of, we’re very sorry about, but it raises really serious questions about not just how Oxfam works but how other charities operate.’
The latter comment however set off Eamonn Holmes, who let rip on the Oxfam representative, interjecting: ‘Wait a minute, this is like the football league isn’t it?’
‘You’re coming in here like a football team saying, “Oh it’s not just us,” but don’t be stopping giving your money to us so this other lot will benefit as a result of this. It’s all competition, it’s a big business.
‘That is not what this is about. The scandal of what this is about is, when I was a child at primary school, we used to be given envelopes and we were asked to give our pocket money to Oxfam because Oxfam was there leading the charge.
‘And I put it to you, this is not about money for you, for them or anything else, you’ve not only taken people’s money, you have taken people’s sympathy, their whole caring attitude, their stress and you have messed it up. You have betrayed them.
‘That’s the mess, so stop blaming it on other charities. Unless you’re saying this goes off in other charities too, is that what you’re saying?’
Tim replied: ‘We’re not blaming other charities. What we’ve seen in Hollywood, in Westminster…
‘Oh so it’s celebrities and politicians, it’s not just us?’ Eamonn asked. ‘What we’re talking about is people who have sent heroes into areas, where people were dying, where people were starving, where lives were ruined and these heroes were exchanging aid for sexual favours.’
‘That is worse than Hollywood, that’s worse than what’s going off politically.’
‘I think what went on was absolutely appalling,’ Tim responded. ‘I think it’s right Oxfam should be held to the highest possible standard.
‘We are ashamed of what happened. We apologise for what happened. We want to improve, we want to put things right and want to be able to explain to our supporters.’
Viewers however were slightly in love with Eamonn in full grill mode.
You can catch This Morning weekdays on ITV at 10.30am.