Eamonn Holmes becomes a granddad as he tells viewers son Declan and wife Jenny have welcomed a baby girl

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford granddad and grandma
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Eamonn Holmes has announced he has become a granddad as he tells This Morning viewers his son Declan and wife Jenny have welcomed a baby girl.

Eamonn Holmes becomes a granddad after he shared some happy news with This Morning viewers when he revealed his joy over becoming a grandparent for the first time.

for those who are wondering 'Why are Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are on This Morning today? (opens in new tab)', they are covering the ITV daytime show (opens in new tab) over the summer holidays for Holly Willoughby (opens in new tab) and Phillip Schofield (opens in new tab) and it was during today's show that Eamonn shared his happy news.

"Something has changed since I last saw you yesterday and that is...", Eamonn teased. Ruth then sang, "You're a Granddad, Granddad."

Eamonn explained, 'It wasn't just me, I had nothing to do with it, it was my son Declan and his wife Jenny, the happy couple and Jenny gave birth to Amelia, She is seven pounds six ounces. So that's my first grandchild, my mother is a great-grandmother.'

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The TV presenter, who has been battling with his chronic pain in recent months, first teased that he was going to be a grandparent back in April when he made a huge announcement after being 'in tears' (opens in new tab) and panicked viewers into thinking his 'tough week' was about his health.

Following his latest announcement Ruth asked Eamonn, "So what are you going to be, Gramps? Granddad? Gromps we came up with but he wasn't too keen on that one."

To which Eamonn replied, "You see it surprises people because people look at me and they think 'he's too young to be a grandfather' and I've got people getting in touch with me about glamorous granddad competitions but no I think my friend Bill, he's pronounced himself as Papa..."

Ruth approves, telling him "I like Papa - it's got a 'Head of the family' feel to it" to which Eamonn agreed.

Eamonn joked on the name being like 'the Pope' with its 'infallibility' as he added, 'I'd quite like my grandchildren to call me Papa.

Ruth added, 'Papa Holmes. So congratulations to Declan and Jenny - We can't wait to meet her!"

Eamonn, 61, has sons Declan, 32, and Niall, 28, and daughter Rebecca, 30, with ex-wife Gabrielle, and a son Jack, 19, with his wife Ruth.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford with their son Jack and Eamonn's daughter Rebecca

This Morning was among the first to congratulate him, they tweeted, 'There was a big announcement from @EamonnHolmes on today's show, and we couldn't be happier for him! Congratulations Eamonn!' 

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And viewers sent their delight at the news Eamonn Holmes becomes a granddad. One fan tweeted, 'Congratulations Eamonn on your granddaughter #AmeliaHolmes. This little lady is going to be surrounded so much love and affection.'

Another fan wrote, 'Congratulations Eamon - your little granddaughter is a lucky baby to have you and Ruth in her life. Thinking of names for you; Papa sounds cute from a child but would the teenager or twenty something want to call you it? Lovely to see you both back.'

And a third added, 'Congratulations Papa you will make a wonderful grandfather and I'm sure Amelia will have you wrapped around her finger.'

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.