Eamonn Holmes is a brave man… or possibly stupid? He’s admitted on This Morning that he has a less than flattering nickname for his gorgeous wife Ruth Langsford – his ‘little turkey neck’.
He got in trouble on live TV this morning during a cooking segment with Irish chef Donal Skehan, who was cooking chicken dumpling soup.
Eamonn said to the chef: "I wish you'd stop saying that cause that's my pet name for Ruth, my little chicken dumpling, my little turkey neck." Looking to Ruth, who turned pink, Donal replied: “You’re being very brave!”
Ruth retorted: "Don't worry he's very brave at work, not at home, and remember I do all the cooking at home."
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‘Turkey neck’ is, of course, a negative reference to the skin on a woman’s neck and décolletage, which can become crêpey, saggy or wrinkled as we age – but most of our husbands know better than to draw attention to it! We think Ruth is particularly gorgeous, and looks amazingly youthful for 57, so we hope Eamonn knows how lucky he is!
Eamonn and Ruth have been together a long time, and tied the knot in 2010 in Hampshire, selling photos to Hello! magazine. They have a son called Jack, and Eamonn has three children from his first marriage – Declan, Rebecca and Niall. Ruth, Eamonn, Jack and rescue dog Maggie live together in Surrey.
Their relationship is full of teasing, famously when Ruth took part in Strictly Come Dancing, when he husband declared her chances of winning were ‘nil’.
The pair regularly host This Morning during the school holidays when Holly and Philip take a break. They’re also rumoured to be starting a weekly show on Channel 5.