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 1,000 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 discussion, 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, Miss 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.'
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"
Stunned: Crystal Warren defended said her need for sex meant she was unable to hold down a permanent job
An ITV spokesman told The Sun: 'Eamonn's question was in the context of a wider balanced and frank interview and we have had no complaints.'
However, 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.'
Sex addiction is described by the relationship counselling service, Relate, as any sexual activity that feels out of control.
Addicts are unable to control their urges and actions despite the problems they may cause in their relationships and work life.
This addiction is similar to substance abuse because it is caused by the powerful chemical substances released during sex.
Sex addiction is often rooted in childhood or adolescence. Early trauma, neglect or depression may be factors, according to the NHS.
Miss Warren, who blames her sex addiction on witnessing the breakdown of her parents' marriage when she was five, lost her virginity at 15.
By the time she was 17, she had had 40 lovers, sometimes sleeping with as many as seven men a day.
For many years, she believed her behaviour was relatively normal and attributed it to having a high sex drive.
But when she hit 40, she finally admitted she had a problem.
'I know I’m a sex addict, but I can’t face getting professional help. Sex is the only thing that makes me feel good about myself,' she told The Daily Mirror,' she said.
'I guess when the men start saying no, I’ll stop having sex. I know some people must think I’m a terrible person, but believe me I’m not proud of myself.'
The retail manager said that she feels moody and frustrated when she does not have enough sex.
'I’d go on the prowl for men on my lunch breaks. If I didn’t manage to have sex I’d be unproductive all afternoon,' she said.
'If I go without for a few days I start to feel desperately low, depressed and lack energy.'
Miss Warren's sex drive is still so high that she will spend her weekends finding men at pubs or coffee shops to pick up and take home.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
'Why not charge?': Eamonn Holmes shocks This Morning viewers as he asks sex addict why she hasn't turned to prostitution
By David Gerges