David Blaine and Eamonn Holmes reunited 18 years after infamous awkward interview

David Blaine has appeared on This Morning for the first time in 18 years, after a disastrous interview with Eamonn Holmes on GMTV in 2001.

In one of the most awkward UK TV interviews of all time, Eamonn spoke with David live on the GMTV sofa and wasn’t able to get more than a few words out of him for the duration of the interview.

David has now revealed to This Morning hosts Eamonn and Ruth Langsford the reasons why. He said: “So we were in the green room whilst the show was on and we were all talking, I think it was early, like 7/ 7:30am…

“I was thinking a card trick was too boring, it wasn’t going to stop the people in the green room from chatting, so last minute I came up with that idea and so I did the whole thing, which I thought was funny myself.”

David Blaine sits down with Eamonn Holmes again on This Morning for the first time in 18 years

Eamonn replied: “I’m glad one of us thought it was funny.”

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David added: “But when exiting the studio, I had to walk past the green room and I looked over into the room and every person in the room [looked] like they’d just seen the craziest thing.”

To which Eamonn responded: “And what happened was, my hair turned grey, right after that! It was the longest six minutes of my life…

“Don’t feel so bad about it, as I’ve traded off it ever since. It’s been the making of me, David.”

Magician David Blaine before getting frozen in a block of ice for 58 hours in Times Square in New York City. 11/27/00 Photo: Scott Gries/ImageDirect

David rounded off his apology by performing two card tricks for Eamonn and Ruth.

In the 2001 interview David answered questions monosyllabically and kept staring at Eamonn.

The presenter kept asking questions to fill the dead air, but couldn’t get a conversation going.