Watch: Eamonn and Ruth return to This Morning
This Morning viewers have welcomed back old favourites Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford who are once again taking up the presenting baton for the summer.
Fans were upset at the end of last year when Holmes and Langsford were dropped as Friday presenters on the show in favour of Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond, but now they are back at the helm in their usual role as summer hosts.
The married couple will present every episode of This Morning over the summer, as they have done for years while usual sofa mates Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield take their break between July and September.
As the familiar faces returned to the ITV show on Monday morning, fans voiced their happiness to see Holmes and Langsford regularly back on screen.
One person tweeted: "Summer just wouldn't be Summer without Eamonn and Ruth on #ThisMorning. Looking forward to spending the next seven weeks with the king and queen of daytime telly!"
Someone else wrote: "I am soooooo happy to see Eamonn and Ruth…. Suddenly all my problems seem ok! Thank u for being there."
Another viewer added: "Oh Ruth and Eamonn I've missed your Bickering it's so good to have it back."
The presenters are just as happy to be back on the This Morning sofa, as Langsford said: "We’ve hosted so many This Morning summers now and we always look forward to it. They are always a lot of fun the summer weeks, it has a slightly different vibe to it than the rest of the year."
Holmes added that they took their role seriously in providing light entertainment for viewers stuck at home.
He said: "Our roles become more important I think for anyone that can’t get out and about - for any reason - we are there and we’re an extra friend for those people.
"Particularly older people that might be housebound for example, they will rely on the television as their friend and comfort and we’ll be the people that are their constant.”
One part of the couple's presenting style that viewers enjoy is their good-natured bickering and Langsford said she thought it was a healthy part of their long relationship that has lasted 25 years so far.
She said: "We always laugh at the term ‘Couple Goals’, it’s such a modern expression! But 25 years is a long time to be together and I think working together as well - not many people work with their partner as well - so I think a lot of respect comes into it.
"I think you have to respect each other as people and we respect each other as broadcasters. And as much as people sometimes say, ‘Oh they argue’, I would say, ‘No we don’t, we have differences of opinion’ and I think that’s healthy!
“People will always see that we laugh a lot too.”
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