Eamonn Holmes: My daunting New Year of hip surgery
TV presenter Eamonn Holmes plans to make the most of Christmas with his wife, Ruth Langsford, and family, as he fears the new year will be "a bit daunting" because of his forthcoming double hip replacement.
Holmes revealed recently he will be off air for a few weeks in the new year for the operation.
He said: "I've had nicer New Years to look forward to, but overall this is not about looking forward to one year, this is about looking forward to the quality of life I should gain for many years to come."
Langsford said she intends to "spoil him rotten", adding: "I've watched him suffer with this for too long and we both believe it will be a new year and a new Eamonn to go with it."
Sky News Sunrise presenter Holmes said he is married to "Mrs Christmas".
"There's loving it and being addicted to it and she's OD-ed on it. Ruth's the person who makes Christmas happen," he said.
Holmes spoke about being in pain as the result of a degenerative hereditary condition. He said: "I've been putting it (the operation) off for years, but it's got to the stage where I can't delay it any longer. It is very painful, and does stop me doing certain things."
He also told of his concerns about being seen as "past it", saying: "But I'm a 55-year-old man and I know how ageist this industry can be. I don't want people thinking, 'Oh, he's having a double hip replacement - he's past it', and then never being seen on television again. So going public with it is a risk."