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Presenter Ruth Langsford left the set of This Morning after a mental health segment triggered memories of her late sister.
During a phone-in with resident psychologist Angela, a caller’s battle with mental health became too much for Ruth, as the presenter started to tear up.
Before exiting the stage, Ruth congratulated the caller for having the courage to dial in and being so open about anxiety.
After Ruth left, husband and fellow presenter Eamonn Holmes told viewers why Ruth had to leave the discussion: “Obviously this is featured in Ruth’s life, she’s upset now and had to leave the studio because of her sister who was a chronic depressive.
“No matter what sort of help and medications, they didn’t seem to make much difference, there were good times and bad times. These things are very raw for her following the death of her sister.”
Ruth was able to return to the set following an ad break, to help host the cooking segment of the show. She still appeared distressed, asking if Phil Vickery was making her a “nice apple crumble”.
The 59-year-old presenter announced the death of her sister Julia in June, in a heartfelt post which read: “My lovely sis Julia has sadly died after a very long illness. My heart is completely broken.
“She was the kindest and most gentle soul and I will miss her forever. As I am sure you will appreciate, I need to take time to grieve with my family. Thank you for your understanding.”
During Ruth’s break, good friend and fellow presenter Rylan Clark-Neal stepped in to cover as presenter alongside Eamonn, who took the time to thank him for his “kindness and compassion towards Ruth and the loss of her sister Julia”.
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes are presenting This Morning for the summer period, with duo Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield expected to return afterwards.