Simon McCoy reacts to announcement Eamonn Holmes is replacing him on GB News

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BBC newsreader Simon McCoy (BBC)
Former BBC newsreader Simon McCoy is being replaced on GB News by Eamonn Holmes. (BBC)

Simon McCoy has responded to the announcement that he is to replaced on GB News by This Morning star Eamonn Holmes.

Last week it was announced that 62-year-old former GM:TV Holmes will present a new programme on GB News in the new year.

McCoy tweeted: "A spokesman for GB News told Express.co.uk: "[Simon] is being replaced by Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster and we’re thrilled about this.” That’s nice."

The former Sky News presenter left his position as the main presenter of the BBC News at One in March to join new channel GB News for its launch in June.

Read more: 'This Morning' star Eamonn Holmes joining GB News

He hosted an afternoon show alongside Alexandra Phillips titled McCoy & Phillips.

Simon McCoy said he gets into trouble for his comments. (GB News)
Simon McCoy and Kirsty Gallacher on GB News. (GB News)

Hours after it was announced Holmes was joining the channel, a spokesperson for GB News announced McCoy was leaving "for personal reasons".

In October, it was revealed McCoy had married Dynasty star Emma Samms.

The 60-year-old former BBC newsreader confirmed his engagement to the 61-year-old General Hospital actor last month, and claimed they were planning a spring wedding for 2022.

Simon McCoy and Emma Samms are engaged (David M Benett/Getty Images)
Simon McCoy is married to former Dynasty star Emma Samms. (Getty Images)

Samms the posted a picture of herself wearing a white beaded gown and holding a bouquet, arm-in-arm with McCoy captioned: "Yesterday was a very good day #mrandmrs"

Samms – best known for playing Fallon Carrington in 80s hit Dynasty – is McCoy’s third wife.

The newsreader welcomed a son named Max with his first wife in 1993, then in 2007 tied the knot with BBC South West presenter Victoria Graham.

Graham and McCoy went their separate ways in 2019.

Samms has been married three times – to Bansi Nagji from 1991 to 1992, to Tim Dillon from 1994 to 1995 and to John Holloway from 1996 to 2003. She has two children from her relationship with Holloway.

Meanwhile Holmes has said: “I’ve spent my career on broadcasting firsts and start-ups, and GB News is one of the most exciting yet.

“It’s just the kind of shake-up the industry needs.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Eamonn Holmes, Broadcaster attends the TRIC (The Television and Radio Industries Club) Christmas lunch at 8 Northumberland Avenue on December 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)
Eamonn Holmes has been announced to replace Simon McCoy on GB News. (Getty Images)

“I’ve admired GB News from the beginning for its clever mix of punchy debate but delivered with warmth and even some fun.

“To me the greatest honour in journalism is to give a voice and respect to the unheard, and that’s exactly what GB News is all about.”

Holmes is known for hosting This Morning with his wife Ruth Langsford.

Read more: Simon McCoy marries former 'Dynasty' star Emma Samms

The duo fronted the programme on Fridays when Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were off.

However, in January this year Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary replaced the pair, meaning the husband and wife team then only hosted the ITV show during key holidays.

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