Sky News anchor Holmes was mocked online for his use of footballing analogies and his line of questioning in the 12-minute interview. Corbyn meanwhile was praised for staying calm – a welcome change for the leader who suffered substantial bad press in his first days at the Labour helm.
Odd interview by Eamonn Holmes. At times feels like Corbyn is having to explain things to a toddler. https://t.co/akSL2FsvvJ— John Hyde (@JohnHyde1982) September 30, 2015
Highlights included Holmes telling tell Corbyn he had to take charge of Labour like a football manager such as Sir Alex Ferguson, by making it clear there was "one boss" in the party.
The Sky News host also compared Corbyn to a "religious leader" because of his wide appeal and attempted to goad the Labour leader into admitting that he "hated the Tories" – something Corbyn blunted responded to with "no".
Holmes also alluded to criticisms Corbyn has made of his treatment at the hands of the media. The Sky News host said that he would love to be caring and respectful towards the Labour leader, going on to say: "That doesn’t happen on TV... because people will say I’m sucking up to you."
The interview did end on a lighter note, with Holmes extracting from Corbyn the information that he had borrowed the red tie he wore at the Labour Party Conference the previous day from a colleague.
Eamonn Holmes started trending on Twitter:
I applaud Corbyn for remaining calm in the face of utter stupidity. Eamonn Holmes reduced political journalism to complete nonsense #SkyNews— Tahmeena Alam (@tahmeenaalam) September 30, 2015
I'm looking foward to Eamonn Holmes next interview with David Cameron.With polo & fox hunting analogies.— Juicefan (@Juicefan) September 30, 2015
The Eamonn Holmes interview shows how the mainstream media can't talk policies and facts they talk image, fear and propoganda. #Corbyn— Jane Watkinson (@JaneWatkinson) September 30, 2015
Possibly the worst thing about the Eamonn Holmes/Jeremy Corbyn interview is that Holmes seemed to have actually prepared for it.— Pete Paphides (@petepaphides) September 30, 2015
Eamonn Holmes just proved Jeremy Corbyn's point about the right-wing media in one awkward interview http://t.co/6vmkObeWU9— Patrick Wintour (@patrickwintour) September 30, 2015
I hope Eamonn Holmes is alright, I'm quite concerned about him at the moment. https://t.co/ja0AeoCv0r— Ian Salmon (@IanRSalmon) September 30, 2015
Sky New Producer: "I've got inspiration for Eamonn Holmes' interview with Corbyn. This Alan Partridge guy is good!" https://t.co/6v91O9i2BH— Dom Graham (@GuitaristDom) September 30, 2015