This Morning host Eamonn Holmes' cruel jibe about wife Ruth Langsford's weight angers ITV viewers

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Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have returned to host This Morning covering Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for the half-term break.

It's the first time they've been on the show since Eamonn and Ruth were controversially axed from their Friday slot last year but it wasn't long before the Irish broadcaster riled viewers when he made a comment about wife Ruth Langsford's weight.

It's not the first time Eamonn has poked fun at his wife's appearance, Ruth shared a clip on Valentine's Day of Eamonn making a joke about cosmetic surgery topics.

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But during today's (Monday 15th February) show, viewers were less than impressed with him. They were playing a game of It's Behind You with members of the public, in which Eamonn and Ruth have to guess who the caller is describing from the photo behind them.

When a photograph of Kate Middleton appeared. As soon as he realised who it was, he said, "She's very thin… unlike you dear," but Ruth ignored his comments.

Moving on to the next caller, Eamonn made another joke about what someone would say to describe Ruth, as he said, "No one would ever say she's very thin and married to Eamonn Holmes would they?"

But fans are outraged by his comments. One wrote, 'Not particularly great entertainment...fat shaming your wife on TV Eamonn. #ThisMorning.'

Another put, 'I understand joking around with your other half but again with the "fat" jabs being thrown at the wife again. It's getting old Eamonn. You imagine the abuse Phill would get if he called Holly or Allison fat! #thismorning.'

And a third viewer added, 'That was rather unnecessary to call Ruth fat there Eamonn.'

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Other viewers pointed out Eamonn's ability to talk over Ruth. one wrote, 'I don’t watch This Morning often.. but as it’s half term.. why not! Does Eamonn always talk over Ruth? Why doesn’t he let her finish speaking? Or is it just be being in teacher mode! @thismorning'

Meanwhile, Ruth, 61, spoke of her gratefulness after having the Covid vaccine earlier than expected last week which makes her one step closer to seeing her beloved mother again.

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She told viewers, "I'm good, all I've had is a slightly achy arm. But I do feel very grateful and very blessed," And she also joked that she felt like she'd done a workout but with just one arm.

At the time she uploaded a snap of her getting the jab and captioned it, 'JUST HAD MY VACCINE!! Feel SO grateful. Thought it was a scam message at first as I wasn’t expecting to be called until March! Thank you everybody, staff & volunteers, at the vaccination centre in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey...a quick, well organised and very friendly experience. The jab took seconds and was painless. Thank you @stephanieshervington for being so & your colleagues are doing an amazing job. Another step forward to being able to see my Mum again I hope. Thank you.'

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. 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.