Husband and wife team Eamonn and Ruth present This Morning together
He confessed to Day & Night that Russian reps involved in this year’s footballing extravaganza offered him “more money than I’ve ever been offered to do anything” but he still said no – because he didn’t want to outshine wife Ruth Langsford.
“I was offered the chance to go to Russia but I don’t think it would be advisable,” the 58-year-old revealed.
“It would be quite selfish of me to say ‘this is all about me’ at a time when Ruth has gone stellar. This is Ruth’s moment.”
Ruth, 57, and Eamonn have presented This Morning together on Fridays since 2006 but Ruth has won a legion of new fans since her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing last year.
Eamonn said he wanted Ruth to enjoy being the star
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I was offered the chance to go to Russia but I don’t think it would be advisable.
“She did a simple thing on Twitter the other day and there was a million hits on it. This is her time,” said proud Eamonn.
And there was also the little issue of international politics involved in his decision .
“The whole propaganda thing… I don’t think it would have been a wise career move,” he admitted.
Speaking of career moves, the couple are set to bring their winning chemistry to a new prime-time Channel 5 consumer show Do The Right Thing – which it sounds like Eamonn did when Russia came calling.
Sir Bruce Forsyth and Dame Shirley Bassey were good friends
DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY is to headline a star-studded tribute concert dedicated to the late SIR BRUCE FORSYTH.
The BBC special promises to be an emotional evening with it being recorded next Wednesday – a day before what would have been the TV star’s 90th birthday – at his beloved London Palladium.
“Sir Bruce Forsyth was a born entertainer always putting a smile on people’s faces. I’m honoured to perform,” says the Goldfinger singer, 81, a close friend of the showbiz stalwart who died last August.
Brucie’s Strictly co-star Tess Daly will host the hour-long show, which airs later this year, with confi rmed appearances from the likes of ballroom king Len Goodman and TV duo Ant & Dec. The West End venue is synonymous with the muchmissed presenter following his stint hosting ITV’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium.
And four decades later he celebrated his 70th birthday there with a weeklong run of his one-man show.
The statuesque Elizabeth Debicki gets on well with Gemma Arterton
GEMMA ARTERTON and Elizabeth Debicki took a moment to lark around between takes on the set of their new film Vita And Virginia.
The period drama is an adaptation of the play from Doc Martin actress Eileen Atkins, 83, and tells the tale of Virginia Woolf’s relationship with fellow writer Vita Sackville-West.
The literary pair were both married when they embarked on an illicit affair in the mid-1920s, and Elizabeth, 27, stars as the Mrs Dalloway novelist Woolf.
The lofty Aussie actress made her name in the 2016 BBC drama The Night Manager and at an impressive 6ft 2in towers over former Bond girl Gemma who, at 5ft 8in, plays Vita.
The two novelists might have had a tumultuous relationship but Gemma, 32, and Elizabeth seemed to be getting on famously.
Des Lynam had no idea what Nessun Dorma meant before Italia 90
NESSUN Dorma became one of the greatest sporting anthems of all time when it was selected as the BBC theme for the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
But veteran sports presenter Des Lynam, far left, admits he didn’t have a clue what it meant when he suggested it to the Beeb.
“Eventually I found out it meant ‘none shall sleep’ which is entirely appropriate,” says the 75-year-old of the aria from Puccini’s 1924 opera Turandot, made famous by the late superstar tenor Luciano Pavarotti.
“It became huge and Pavarotti became the people’s star. I think we made him a lot of money!”
But Des jokes that he never received a word of thanks: “No letter. Nothing.” Mama mia!