'Don't bother phoning in': TV hosts forced to explain why they're not social distancing

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

As social distancing measures become the ‘new normal’ for people all around the world, two TV presenters in the UK have been forced to explain why they’re not following the rules on set. 

This Morning, a morning show in the UK, uploaded a video to their Twitter page, explaining why Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are not sitting six feet apart. 

Ruth and Eamonn have had to explain to viewers why they're not social distancing. Photo: ITV

“For anyone who's worried, @EamonnHolmes and @RuthieeL are actually married in real life, so it's safe for them to sit close to each other in the studio,” the show Tweeted out to its 1.9 million followers. 

I was accompanied by a video, with Eamonn and Ruth explaining why fans of the show shouldn’t be worried about their close proximity to each other. 

"If you're maybe new to watching This Morning because you're on lockdown...we are allowed to sit this close to each other because we're married, we live in the same house," she said. 

Followers were both surprised at the news and many still thought they should still be following social distancing guidelines. 

“They should be setting example saying 2 meters apart not everyone know this very shameful this needs to change asap,” one person wrote. 

Others couldn’t believe the couple still had to explain their circumstances to views, with many asking: “How do people not know this?”

The next day on the show, the couple again brought up the topic, with Eamonn saying: "With regard to social distancing, don't bother phoning in and saying 'why are these two together' because we are together all day in the house, we live together," he said. "And in case a lot of you don't know this, we actually do live together."

"Some people think it's a fake marriage darling, it's a TV marriage," Ruth said, adding that they "even share a bed."

"When I haven't fallen asleep on the sofa,” Eamonn replied. 

The couple, who regularly present the morning TV show together, have been married for ten years and have an 18-year-old son together. 

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