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The Sky News and ‘This Morning’ presenter revealed he was having 10 weeks off work to recover from the procedure, which will relieve him of the pain he suffers thanks to a degenerative hereditary condition.
Speaking about Eamonn’s operation on Monday’s (7 December) edition of ‘Loose Women’, Ruth said: “It’s long overdue, he’s been thinking about them for a very long time. He’s in a lot of pain.
“That’s going to be a big thing for us. We can’t both afford to both be off work for that long.
“I’m not the greatest nurse, I have to say and that's something I'm worried about, and he’s not the greatest patient. One day one, I’ll be ‘yes darling’, but by day three, I’ll be like ‘what?!’.”
“When you see him getting in a car and see the pain on his face, you know why he’s getting it done.”
Eamonn previously said the reason he hasn’t had the op until now is because he was worried about being seen as “old” by TV bosses.
He told The Mirror: “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.”
“Then again, if I need 10 weeks off, I don't want there to be viewer speculation that I've been off having cosmetic surgery or something. Presenting live, daily TV, it's not as if people wouldn't notice.”