This Morning's Ruth Langsford Leaves Studio After Becoming Upset About Sister's Death

The presenter's sister Julia died in June at the age of 62.

This Morning host Ruth Langsford quietly left the studio during Monday’s show after becoming upset about her sister’s death.

Ruth slipped out of a phone-in segment which included a call from one viewer struggling to cope with her mental health.

The presenter became emotional after the call reminded her of her sister Julia, who died in June at the age of 62.

Ruth Langsford left the This Morning studio during Monday's phone-in
Ruth Langsford left the This Morning studio during Monday's phone-in
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Ruth’s husband and co-host Eamonn Holmes told viewers viewers: “Obviously this has featured in Ruth’s life. She’s upset now and she’s had to leave the studio because of her sister who was a chronic depressive and no matter what help or medication as there it didn’t seem to make much difference.

“There were good times and bad times.”

He later added: “Obviously, these things are very raw for her right now, following the death of her sister.”

Ruth then rejoined her husband at the helm of the ITV daytime show when it returned from a commercial break.

She announced news of her sister’s death in June, writing on Twitter at the time: “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.”

She later took some time away from her TV commitments, as Eamonn continued to front This Morning on Fridays with guest presenters including Rylan Clark-Neal.

Ruth and Eamonn are currently standing in for regular hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during the school holidays.

This Morning airs weekday at 10.30am on ITV.

Useful websites and helplines:

  • Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
  • Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
  • The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email: help@themix.org.uk
  • Rethink Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on www.rethink.org.
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