01/02/2012 06:40 GMT | Updated 01/02/2012 11:17 GMT

Eamonn Holmes, This Morning Presenter, Asks Sex Addict Why She Doesn't Charge

Eamonn Holmes shocked viewers of This Morning after he asked a female sex addict why she "doesn't make a business of it" and turn to prostitution.

The ITV presenter questioned Crystal Warren - who claimed to have slept with more than 1,000 men - on whether she'd ever thought of "charging for it" on Tuesday's programme.

Holmes casually enquired: "If you need this five or six times a day, have you never thought about making a business of it?"

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."

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, told the Daily Mail: "It was an irresponsible comment."

He added: "It shows no understanding of the true nature of sex addiction."

Holmes' foot in mouth comments come after he told a rape victim "I hope you take taxis now" during an episode of This Morning in October 2011.

Viewers reacted to his gaffe on Twitter yesterday, one wrote:

And another said: