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Meg-a rude Miss Ryan leaves TV's Eamonn in the lurch.

Byline: JOE OLIVER

TV HOST Eamonn Holmes had every sympathy for Dennis Quaid when he heard the movie star had gone on a bender to celebrate his divorce from Meg Ryan.

He has his own unhappy memories of the Hollywood sweetheart.

Father-of-three Eamonn, Belfast-born presenter of GMTV's breakfast show, interviewed the Sleepless in Seattle star three years ago.

The interview went well - until he asked Meg, 35, for her autograph.

"I don't do autographs," she said stonily, before flouncing out of the studio.

At the time Eamonn, left with an empty space in his autograph book, described Ms Ryan as simply 'touchy'.

But after learning of Quaid's knees-up in a venue called The Hogs and Heifers, Eamonn admitted: "I'll just say I understand why he was so full of high inks."

And to the new man in Meg's life, actor Russell Crowe, he added the postscript: "Good luck. What lies ahead of you might be tougher than anything you faced in Gladiator."

The stormy Quaid-Ryan marriage lasted nine years.

Eamonn, 41, split from his wife and childhood sweetheart Gabrielle in August 1996 after nine years of marriage.

The pounds 500,000-a-year telly anchorman has interviewed some of Hollywood's biggest names during his career with GMTV.

He rates sex-siren Sharon Stone a real star saying their meeting was 'absolutely delightful'.

Soccer-mad Eamonn, who was last night presenting the new national lottery show, has cut his working week with GMTV down to four days.

He also fronts Ulster Television's All Mixed Up.

Recently Eamonn told the Sunday People that his biggest disappoint-ment was missing out on presenting that long-running sporting institution, Grandstand.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2001
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