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Eamonn Holmes takes a break from TV to undergo a vital operation on his back


Eamonn Holmes has been forced to take a step away from his GB news show as he prepares for vital back surgery on Wednesday.

The television personality, 62, said that he was ‘praying’ ahead of the operation which will relieve pressure on his static nerves.

The broadcaster has suffered from long-term difficulties, previously telling of his battle with chronic back pain after a dislocated pelvis led to three slipped discs. 

Ill health: Eamonn Holmes, 62, has been forced to take a step away from his GB news show as he prepares for vital back surgery on Wednesday

Ill health: Eamonn Holmes, 62, has been forced to take a step away from his GB news show as he prepares for vital back surgery on Wednesday

He told the Express:  ‘It’s an operation that carries a 20 per cent risk of going wrong, but such is the pain and restrictions that I have been suffering for the past 18 months, I’ve decided it is a risk I am willing to take’.

‘In fact, it’s a risk I want to take because, at this moment in time, nothing could seem worse than the constant pain that runs through my lower back and legs.’

He said that he ‘prays that God will guide [his] surgeon’s hand this week’ to help him get back to the ‘man he used to be.’ 

Nervous: The television personality said that he was 'praying' ahead doctors cutting into his back in a bid to relieve pressure on his static nerves

Nervous: The television personality said that he was ‘praying’ ahead doctors cutting into his back in a bid to relieve pressure on his static nerves

He went on to reveal to the publication that the agony can be so intense that sleep is sometimes his own ‘escape’.

He added that someone can be surrounded by family and friends but that severe pain can feel like your companion. 

Before saying that he hopes his recovery can offer hopes to those who can no longer deal with their depression at anger with chronic pain. 

Stick: The broadcaster has suffered from long-term difficulties, previously telling of his battle with chronic back pain after a dislocated pelvis led to three slipped discs (pictured using a walking stick alongside wife Ruth Langsford in 2021)

Stick: The broadcaster has suffered from long-term difficulties, previously telling of his battle with chronic back pain after a dislocated pelvis led to three slipped discs (pictured using a walking stick alongside wife Ruth Langsford in 2021) 

Eamonn temporarily stepped down from his role as the co-presenter of GB News in June while after receiving hospital treatment due to his painful condition.

The broadcaster has suffered from long-term difficulties, previously telling of his battle with chronic back pain after a dislocated pelvis led to three slipped discs.

Former This Morning host Eamonn left GB News viewers wondering where he was when he wasn’t on-screen, with the journalist taking to Twitter to clear things up, writing: ‘Many of you have been asking why I haven’t been presenting GB News.

‘Unfortunately, due to a reoccurrence of a long-term back condition, I’ve had to undergo some unexpected hospital treatment and am now following Doctor’s orders by taking a short time off.

Stepping away: Eamonn (left) previously stepped away from his role at GB news in June due to his ongoing health battle (pictured with co-host Clare Muldoon)

Stepping away: Eamonn (left) previously stepped away from his role at GB news in June due to his ongoing health battle (pictured with co-host Clare Muldoon)

‘However I’m looking forward to being back alongside Isabel, my Breakfast co-presenter and friend, next week.

‘Even though I only joined GB News six months ago the whole team and our amazing audience have shown me immense support which has been greatly appreciated.

‘I now just need some time with my family to heal and recuperate.’

It comes after he hit out at Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield again, accusing them both of ‘lying’ about not skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state.

Treatment: Eamonn has previously shown followers a glimpse of his treatment for the condition via Instagram

Treatment: Eamonn has previously shown followers a glimpse of his treatment for the condition via Instagram 

Holly and Philip were accused of jumping the queue at Westminster Hall in London last week while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time to pay their respects to Her Majesty.

The presenters later released a statement insisting they didn’t skip the queue and ‘respected’ the rules for the media, saying their visit was ‘strictly for reporting’. 

Speaking on GB News Breakfast on Wednesday, Eamonn made no bones about the fact he didn’t believe his former colleagues and said they ‘messed up’.

Chatting with presenter Clare Muldoon, Eamonn said: ‘I’ll tell you what’s strategic. Why is Holly fighting to keep her job, according to The Sun, but Mr Phillip isn’t?

Clare replied: ‘Who knows? Twitter, last night, was saying she didn’t want to vacate her job at This Morning.

‘Who wouldn’t want to give up £600,000 a year and everything else that comes with it? I think the brand is very damaged. There has to be a change from the top down to the bottom on This Morning.’

Criticism: It comes after he hit out at Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield again, accusing them both of 'lying' about not skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state

Criticism: It comes after he hit out at Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield again, accusing them both of ‘lying’ about not skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state

Eamonn then read out the statement from Holly and Phillip, saying: ‘”We didn’t jump the queue, we were working.” Why was your boss there working with you?’ 

Referring to a photo of Holly wearing a mask inside Westminster Hall, Clare asked: ‘Why was she wearing a mask? Is she allergic to the public?’

Eamonn answered: ‘No, she does that. “Holly’s in tears”, but Holly’s always in tears. But wearing a mask – I think she’s quite fearful, germophobic.’ 

Professional visit: The presenters have faced growing fury after images of them appearing to 'skip the queue' emerged on Friday while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited

Professional visit: The presenters have faced growing fury after images of them appearing to ‘skip the queue’ emerged on Friday while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited

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