Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford were back on the This Morning sofa today after taking over from Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in the usual fashion. The married couple have hosted the show for 15 years but on today’s show, Eamonn revealed his clueless brother called him live on air to discuss football.
This Morning viewers know Holly and Phillip host the ITV show Mondays through to Thursdays.
On Fridays, Ruth and Eamonn take over and today the pair were celebrating VE Day with a host of special footage and interviews.
However, the 60-year-old was stunned when he revealed his brother called him on air as he has no idea he presents the show.
After coming back from an ad break, Eamonn said: ”It’s amazing what happens. I’ve just had a phone call from my brother.
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“After 15 years of me doing this show, has no idea that I’m on the telly on Friday.”
Ruth then shockingly added: “Always phones on you a Friday.”
“He called me up to talk football. I said: ‘That’s fine Conor, that’s very good,’” Eamonn continued.
“But I’ve got to get on and talk about VE Day and the celebrations and that sort of thing.”
Ruth said good morning to her brother-in-law before the pair continued on with the show.
The married couple presents the show on Fridays but often fill in for Holly and Phillip during the school holidays.
Eamonn is one of five brothers, Conor, Brian, Leonard and Colm and has previously spoken out about his close relationship with them.
The 60-year-old grew up in Belfast and told the Guardian his brothers are his “best friend”.
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He said: “My brothers and I are very close. Growing up, the lack of space meant we were like bear cubs or dogs that were always biting and nipping at each other, but not now.
“Today they are my best friends and that’s the same for all of us; we love each other’s company, we love being with each other, we indulge heavily in, what they call in Belfast, the banter or the craic.”
Earlier in the show, Ruth and Eamonn suffered a technical blunder when they accidentally cut off agony aunt Deirdre Sanders.
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“Deirdre’s on hand to take your calls if you’ve any anxieties or any worries about life after lockdown, tell us more Deirdre,” Eamonn asked.
But the agony aunt was oblivious to Eamonn’s request and shook her head before asking: “Am I meant to be talking to you? Sorry, I’m not getting any sound.”
“No one’s talking to us this morning,” Ruth remarked. “I don’t know what we’ve done to upset everybody, no one wants to chat.”
“Everybody’s very reserved today,” Eamonn added before bursting into Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again.
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am.
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