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Ruth Langsford demanded equal pay with husband Eamonn Holmes

Ruth Langsford has revealed she demanded to be paid the same salary as her husband, Belfast-born TV presenter Eamonn Holmes.

The Loose Women and This Morning host said she is in the unusual position of knowing what her co-presenter earns, because she regularly works with her husband.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: "I insist now on being paid the same.

"But as we all know, in the past I've worked not just with Eamonn. The thing is you don't normally discuss your pay when you're a co-presenter, but obviously I do with my husband because he's my husband.

"I basically wouldn't work for them if they weren't paying me the same if I'm doing the same job, whether I'm with my husband or any other male co-presenter."

The issue of women being paid the same as their male counterparts has particularly come to light in recent months after the BBC had to reveal the salary of some of its highest-earning stars.

This highlighted a massive pay gap between its top male and female personalities.

While commercial broadcaster ITV is not obligated to release such information, Ruth said she was determined to make sure that she was paid the same as Eamonn.

She also refused to be "flippant" about the issue when her husband joked he had to take a pay cut to put their salaries on an equal level.

As well as hosting duties on Loose Women and This Morning, Ruth will also be fronting a four-week stint on QVC and a new Channel 5 programme with Eamonn called Do the Right Thing.

"If you'd asked me 10 years ago, I probably would have said they'd put me out to grass right now," she said.

"I'm 58 this year and I've actually got more work in the past two years than I've had in my whole career."

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