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Eamonn Holmes fears 40-year TV career might end at any minute

By Claire O'Boyle

Eamonn Holmes says he still lives in fear that his TV career could come to an end - almost four decades after he got into the business.

The telly favourite, who has fronted top-rating shows across several channels, also slammed the industry for getting ever more politically correct, and letting "vanilla presenters" take the reins.

"Being in TV is the easiest job I'll ever do," he said. "But it is made more difficult by people who either can't do it, or can't understand, or want to make themselves seem more important.

"It's an increasingly PC world. You've got a whole TV schedule that is vanilla - it's full of vanilla presenters who just say what is on the autocue. I've got nothing against being PC. Nobody has any argument against things like equal pay or racial discrimination. But then there are some things that are so PC you just think: 'Oh, don't be ridiculous'."

Holmes (58) is one of the busiest stars in showbiz as a presenter on ITV's This Morning and talkRADIO.

He also fronts new Channel 5 show Do The Right Thing alongside his wife Ruth Langsford, and was recently named the UK's top news presenter.

But he admits he's always nervous TV bosses will stop asking him to front their shows.

"You always think it could end. I've thought that since I was 19 when I was first on TV. When I first presented the teatime news in Northern Ireland I was 21. I was still working in a bar," he said.

"I'd anchor an hour-long show and half-an-hour later I'd be behind the bar pulling pints. I remember saying: 'This TV business might not last'.

"I became a people person in that job. It gave me confidence. I didn't go to university. I learned to interview while working behind the bar."

He regularly works alongside his 57-year-old wife, but says they have very different styles.

"My line and Ruth's line are hundreds of miles apart," he said in an interview with the Daily Star Sunday. "Ruth is very conventional. We were Eamonn and Ruth separately before we started working together and it's nice that we can still be recognised separately. That's the best of all worlds."

He added: "I say I started in 1980 at 19. But it feels like I started a year-and-a-half ago. It's gone so quickly and I've done some amazing things. The difference is when I was 19 I had to act as if I was 40. But now I act as if I'm 18."

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