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Ruth Langsford absent from This Morning after falling ill

Rochelle Humes was drafted in as a replacement host alongside Eamonn Holmes.

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Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Ruth Langsford has pulled out of presenting Friday’s This Morning after falling ill.

Her husband and co-presenter Eamonn Holmes reassured viewers she was not suffering “a fever or a dry cough” – symptoms of coronavirus.

Rochelle Humes, who regularly guest hosts the ITV programme, was drafted in as a replacement.

Holmes broke the news on Twitter ahead of the show, saying his wife was “a bit under the weather”.

Sharing a photo of Humes, he said: “In 4 Ruth today. The Bad news is @RuthieeL is a bit under the weather.

“The good news is Rochelle is not. So we r together from 10am on @Itv. Hope u can join us.”

During the ITV broadcast, Holmes told viewers: “The sharp eyes amongst you may have realised Ruth is not here … she’s under the counter.

“No, she’s a wee bit under the weather so basically she’s at home watching us.”

Later on in the show he responded to viewers’ concerns, saying: “I should point out Mrs Holmes does not have a fever or a dry cough.”

Langsford’s no-show came as sporting events, festivals and music tours were cancelled and postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

PA