Ea­monn and Ruth talk telly

This Morn­ing’s Ea­monn and Ruth on why shar­ing a sofa first thing would be dis­as­trous for their mar­riage

TV Times - - News - This Morn­ing Caren Clark

Two peo­ple get­ting up at hideous o’clock in the morn­ing is not healthy


When TV Times sits down for a chat with Ea­monn Holmes and Ruth Langs­ford, we’re de­lighted to see that their out­fits are per­fectly matched, with Ruth, 57, wear­ing navy trousers and a white blouse and Ea­monn, also 57, in white trousers and a navy top – and they are both sport­ing grey shoes!

How­ever, our vi­sion of mar­i­tal har­mony is shat­tered when our con­ver­sa­tion with the pair – who this week start their reg­u­lar sum­mer stint host­ing This Morn­ing – takes an alarm­ing turn to­wards di­vorce…

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your per­fectly co-or­di­nated out­fits!

Ruth: It’s our sum­mer look! It was to­tally ac­ci­den­tal – co-or­di­nated out­fits are my worst night­mare. Ea­monn: Be­fore ev­ery This Morn­ing I say to Ruth, ‘What are you wear­ing?’ and she says, ‘Never you mind!’ All I want to do is wear some­thing that’ll com­ple­ment what she wears, but that is her idea of naffness. Ruth: It’s just twee, like Howard and Hilda’s match­ing jumpers in Ever De­creas­ing Cir­cles. Ea­monn: Ruth does not like co­or­di­na­tion, which pretty much sums up our re­la­tion­ship!

This is your 12th year host­ing

This Morn­ing over the sum­mer, is it still a fun thing to do?

Ruth: I love be­ing out film­ing the show on Lon­don’s South Bank in the sum­mer when peo­ple come up to chat to us.

Ea­monn: Yes, more of the show will be out­side, which is joy­ous. But we don’t want too much good weather, be­cause we want peo­ple to be in­doors watch­ing telly! It will be nice be­cause it’ll be the first time I’ve done sum­mer on This Morn­ing with­out hav­ing done break­fast TV ear­lier in the day [Ea­monn left Sky News’ Sun­rise last Oc­to­ber].

Do you miss break­fast TV though? You re­cently sat in for Piers Mor­gan on Good Morn­ing Bri­tain.

Ea­monn: Break­fast TV is still very me. The bad thing about get­ting a taste of all that again is that, when the big news sto­ries break, it’s strange that you’re no longer a part of it. When I do break­fast TV, I jump out of bed with a spring in my step be­cause it’s a great priv­i­lege to wake peo­ple up with some­thing they didn’t know. Piers is bril­liant at mak­ing peo­ple pay at­ten­tion. He’s kept break­fast TV rel­e­vant in chang­ing times.

Ruth, would you be up for shar­ing a break­fast sofa with Ea­monn?

Ruth: No!

Ea­monn: There was a plan for us to do that a few years ago, but Ruth took two sec­onds to say, ‘For­get that!’ Ruth: I was flat­tered, but we’d prob­a­bly be di­vorced in about six months! Two peo­ple get­ting up at hideous o’clock in the morn­ing and al­ways be­ing across the news is not healthy or fair to our son, Jack [now 15]. I love my work, but fam­ily’s more im­por­tant. If Ea­monn wanted to do it again, I’d be be­hind him, but it wouldn’t be right for both of us.

Do you still learn from watch­ing each other present?

Ea­monn: Very much so. I’m very di­rect, but when I watch Ruth

I see her gen­tle­ness, em­pa­thy and her com­mon sense, and I re­alise there is so much that I don’t know. Ruth: When Ea­monn gets in­volved in the big news sto­ries you can see his pas­sion for it. We make a good team be­cause we are very dif­fer­ent – and it’s all about com­pro­mise.

Have you any sum­mer plans?

Ea­monn: We’ll stay away from air­ports be­cause it’s just hec­tic. After work­ing all week, we like to spend time at home, which is a real treat. I get lots of DIY things done. Not per­son­ally – I hire a man to do it! Ruth: Ea­monn is very house-proud. He al­ways spots if a fence needs paint­ing or a door han­dle needs fix­ing. I call him the house in­spec­tor!

The hus­band-and­wife team re­turn to This Morn­ing for a 12th sum­mer stint

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