Eamonn Holmes is best known for 15 years sitting on the This Morning sofa with his wife, Ruth Langsford.
But ask Eamonn Holmes’ newest “TV wife” if she feels pressured to follow in Ruth’s footsteps and she smiles.
“Eamonn and Ruth are family to me,” beamed Isabel Webster.
“I don’t see it following in Ruthie’s footsteps at all because he used to work with Ruth while we introduced Sky together. We have a lot of respect for each other. ”
Isabel, 39, who has co-presented GB News Breakfast with Eamonn, 62 since the start of the year, revealed Ruth regularly sends messages of her support.
And she tells how Eamonn was kind enough to support her family through the illness, despite his own health battles.
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The TV presenter’s struggles with back pain have been well-documented – and even threatened their first GB News Breakfast show together.
And there was a mild reaction at ITV for ditching him, she admitted: “Their loss is our gain.”
On screen, Isabel and Eamonn have an ease and familiarity that can only come after years of knowing someone.
The couple co-presented Sky News’ breakfast show Sunrise from 2014 to 2016.
But Isabel got to know Eamonn after joining Sky as a correspondent for the West of England in 2011.
She often stands in place of Charlotte Hawkins, Eamonn’s co-host, or as an extra on their show.
Eamonn also attended Isabel’s 2014 wedding to hedge fund manager Liam Pearce, 38, and was among the first to hold their son William, now 6.
Isabel, who is also a mother to four-year-old Poppy, says: “I think the phrase Ruth used for Eamonn was, ‘Isabel seems to be nice to you’. I think she’s pleased that I can deal with him and enjoy his company.
“She posts most mornings to say she’s following us and often texts me to say she loves my dress.
“A couple of weeks ago, I accidentally nearly got sworn in on the air and she texted me saying, ‘Okay, potty mouth! I did that too…don’t worry”.”
Recently, Eamonn has been a pillar of support for Isabel’s family after her father Sinclair, 73, suffered a spinal injury and her mother Stephanie, 72, suffered three heart attacks.
Isabel said: “Eamonn was sitting in my kitchen talking to my mom after she watched Dad go through major surgery.
“She told Eamonn all about her dad’s surgeon and because of Eamonn’s back troubles they exchanged scans advice and everything – like comparing war stories, I suppose so.
“I think it’s kind of like therapy for them, to say the least. Like my father, he was very brave. He is as hard as a nail.”
Eamonn has also seen Isabel struggle to balance motherhood with having a stellar career, for which she has to wake up for work in the middle of the night.
“Yes, he saw me cry,” she said.
“I know I can call him in the middle of the night if I have a crisis.
“We used to gather in the makeup room with the makeup artists before we went on air and were a bit confused about what was going on in our lives – a little bit of gossip.
“He was constantly helping and taking care of me in a protective manner.
“Yesterday, my four year old woke up twice during the night. It was 2 a.m. and I was fed up with going up and down my daughter’s bedroom so I just climbed into her crib and lay there until I had to get up for work.
“Then I went for tea then the BAFTA event and of course, I am paying for today.
“I feel completely down but Eamonn is a father of a child… he is so sweet and respectful because he knows that family is my absolute priority and the reason I do all the things I do. this.”
Isabel giggled as she revealed her mother-in-law was a huge fan of Eamonn who would text her whenever they were on air.
The Northern Irishman also won the rest of the Isabel family. “The kids called him ‘Uncle Eamonn,’” she said.
“They kissed the TV when he appeared… they didn’t notice me!
“When he came to pick me up to take me to events and we were all dressed up, he filled his coat pockets with sweets and hid them around the garden.
“Then when he arrived, the kids ran out the front door.
“It’s like Father Christmas just showed up. It’s a nightmare for anyone looking after the kids because he turns them around and off we go!”
Isabel is very protective of Eamonn – and that came to the fore as she worried for his health, just days before their first live stream.
“I’ve seen him at best and at worst,” she said. “At Sky, he had hip surgery and recently he has absolute chronic pain.
“He hit bottom last year. Of course I’ve seen him work hard and I’m worried for him, and I’m sad too.
“I protect him and I want to take care of him so he can keep doing this show.
“The Thursday before his actual studio debut, while we were all together, he turned his back and you could see he did it. It’s really scary.
“It hurt him for weeks and weeks but you wouldn’t know it because he would go on air and just get on with it.
“During commercials, he would get up and try to stretch but he was really struggling with his cane.
“Fortunately, he was walking down the hallway this morning and didn’t have a cane in sight so he’s definitely recovering.”
Isabel affectionately calls Eamonn “a loose cannon,” and it’s easy to see why.
Recently, live on air, he turned to her during a haunted house segment and yelled “Boo!” into her ear, making her jump.
“I’m so lucky to have him as a colleague, even if he can be a nightmare with all my jokes,” Isabel joked.
“All in all, we have the kind of relationship where I can tell if he annoys me or not. I think I’ve probably told him that many times this morning!
“He told me for saying ‘of course’ recently and we could forget we were on the air and turn into old bickering friends. But he can take it, and that’s a relief.
“He’s a completely loose cannon but that’s what makes him interesting and dynamic – so from that perspective, we’re a very good pair, complementing each other.”
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She added: “People shouldn’t assume they know everything about GB News.
“We’re not talking conspiracy theories and we’re not as wild or crazy as the UK version of Fox News – we’re a proper breakfast news programme.
“I think perhaps the biggest difference between GMB and us is that we’re not too extreme when it comes to the main political conversations.”
Isabel also said she was surprised by ITV’s decision to let Eamonn go last year – after 15 years on the flagship show, This Morning.
“Their loss is GB News’s profit,” says Isabel. “I’m happy to have him, but I can’t think of what they’re doing on Earth.
“He has more experience in live television than anyone else in this country I can think of.
“I am fortunate to work with him.”
Isabel and Eamonn appear on GB News Breakfast, 6-9.30am Monday through Thursday
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