Ruth Langford admits she worries about Eamonn Holmes’s punishing workload

Ruth & Eamonn

Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford always seem lively and cheerful as they entertain viewers on ITV’s mid-morning show This Morning.

But Ruth has revealed that she worries about Eamonn’s health as he juggles an exhausting schedule that sees him working from 4am to 9pm on weekdays.

“I worry that Eamonn takes a lot on,” she told the Daily Mirror.

Eamonn revealed to The Sun last month that he often sleeps as little as four hours and said he’s sure a combination of sleep deprivation and his work load “will kill me at some point"

He wakes at 4am to present Sky News Sunrise, which runs weekdays from 6am-9am, before joining his wife on the ITV sofa on Fridays to present This Morning.

The two have also recently been working 18-hour days filming their their six-part documentary Eamonn And Ruth: How The Other Half Lives.

He wakes at 4am to present Sky News Sunrise, which runs weekdays from 6am-9am, before joining his wife on the ITV sofa on Fridays to present This Morning.

The two have also recently been working 18-hour days filming their their six-part documentary Eamonn And Ruth: How The Other Half Lives.

“He’s very responsible for his family, and I think anything where you are getting up that early and then still working until 9pm is going to take its toll,” Ruth said.

Ruth, who has been with Eamonn for 20 years and married for five, revealed that she does what she can to make life easier for him, admitting he’d live off crisps if left to his own devices.

“Instead of me just going, ‘Oh be careful, I worry about you,’ I sort out his food and make sure he’s in bed on time, that he’s going to have clean sheets and a clean shirt and I’ve made a lovely dinner.

“You can’t have that kind of schedule and not put the right petrol in your body,” she added.

The pair, both 55, also spoke about how much they are looking forward to retirement.

“I’d like to work for as long as television will have me, and I think people like me are flying the flag for older women on screen, but Eamonn and I do think about retirement and how we would live,” Ruth said.

She rubbished any idea that spending too much time with her husband could put a strain on their marriage.

“I have a very happy marriage and love spending time with my husband… I’m thoroughly looking forward to the day when we don’t have to get up for work and can just go for a walk on the beach or take the dog for a walk,” she said.

Ruth also revealed how difficult the decision to accept the This Morning job was, fearing how they would juggle work and looking after their 13-year-old son, Jack.

“As a professional broadcaster, it’s very hard to turn work down and it’s flattering to be asked, so your natural reaction is to go, ‘Yes, wow. That’s amazing.’ But we have to work out the schedule.

“I love what I do, but my marriage and family is much more important to me than my job. My job is not my life.”