He has been vocal about his chronic back pain for the last few weeks, but despite being in agony, Eamonn Holmes bravely returned for today’s episode of This Morning.
However, the presenter, who previously announced he was in hospital, was unable to make it back in time from the loo after the ad break.
His wife Ruth appeared on-screen by herself and explained his absence to the viewers who were wondering where he had got to.
She said: “Hello, welcome to This Morning. Now many of you who follow Eamonn on social media will know he has been talking a lot about chronic pain.
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“It’s ironic that he’s not here because he had to nip to the loo. It takes him so long walking, so he’s just on his way back. It takes him longer to walk now.”
Just moments later, Eamonn, 61, hobbled back onto the set with the aid of a walking stick.
Earlier in the show, the broadcaster opened up about his chronic back pain and said he’s been unable to sleep because of it.
He explained: “About a month ago I did something to my back, I don’t know what.
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“It could have been getting in a car, getting out of bed, whatever.
“I’ve got an MRI scan but the problem is everything closes down at Easter so I haven’t got it analysed yet.
“What I do know is I can’t sleep at night, the pain is worse at night,” Eamonn revealed in anguish.
But he did admit that it’s been comforting knowing other people are in the same situation and he’s been interacting with them on social media.
He continued: “The humbling thing about this is when you go on social media you talk to people about who suffers from this, you realise age isn’t a barrier, where you live isn’t a barrier, how much you earn isn’t a barrier…
“So many of you have this chronic pain from all sorts of different sources.”
The dad-of-four, who said he felt like progress was happening, had done a physio session in preparation for his big return to This Morning.
Eamonn tweeted: “Hey, busy day so far ….. 1 hour physio at 4.30 am to get match fit for today’s #ThisMorning …. followed by the Cold shower routine! [sic]
“All this will either kill me or cure me. So far, so good though and remember I’m going to be sharing your #ChronicPain stories & advice.”