By DAVID GERGES
Critical: Holmes, right, during the maligned interview with Crystal Warren
Eamonn Holmes stunned ITV viewers after he asked a female sex addict why she hadn't turned to prostitution. The This Morning host was interviewing Crystal Warren who claimed to have slept with more than 1000 men.
The 42-year-old revealed that she was unable to keep a job as a result of her constant need for sex.
During the candid chat, Holmes queried: 'If you need this five or six times a day, have you never thought about making a business of it? Charging for it?'
To which, Warren replied: 'What, becoming a prostitute?'
'Then it becomes a business, then I become maybe like a robot.
'This way I am enjoying it, I do it when I want to do it, I get to choose who I sleep with.'
Stunned: Crystal Warren defended said her need for sex meant she was unable to hold down a permanent job
Holmes' interrogation led to an outrage on Twitter with TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh amongst those to vent her anger.
She said: "Omg !! Can't believe eamon holmes just said to a sex addict on this morning 'y dont you start a business , and charge for it !' illegal !"
Harry Bradshaw added: "The awkward momentEamonn Holmes asks you why don't you just become a prostitute live on TV. #thismorning."
Whilst another person wrote: "Eamonn Holmes is disgusting! #EndOf"
An ITV spokesperson told The Sun: 'Eamonn's question was in the context of a wider balanced and frank interview and we have had no complaints.'
Whilst Doctor Thaddeus Birchard, who specialises in sex addiction, said: 'It was an irresponsible comment.'
He added: 'It shows no understanding of the true nature of sex addiction.
'I meet people all the time whose lives are in disarray because of their sex patterns and people are very distressed by this.'