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Presenter Eamonn Holmes has come under fire after his appearance on Loose Women’s Loved Ones special on Wednesday, with fans suggesting that he speaks to wife Ruth Langsford “as if he hates her.”

He joined the panel alongside Joe Swash who accompanied his girlfriend and Loose’s resident crafting queen Stacey Solomon.

Filled with all the typical laughs and gags that Loose Women is loved for, the show divided fans with some absolutely loving the boys’ appearance on the show while others were less impressed by the tone – Eamonn’s in particular.

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Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: “I used to really like Eamonn Holmes, but honestly, if I was Ruth I’d be so upset with him. He is so, so awful to her and sometimes he speaks to her as if he hates her. Please Eamonn, stop the bickering. It’s a real turn-off.”

Another even took it as far as to question how the pair’s 24 year relationship has lasted: “How Ruth and Eamonn are still together I’ll never know!!”

Wednesday’s episode, which focussed on couples at Christmas saw Joe and Eamonn reacting to the ladies’ secret turn ons, a blindfolded tree decorating challenge and a questionable segment featuring Ruth, a pair of scrubbing gloves and a parsnip…

Despite some backlash, many fans of the show saw the funny side. One said: "Today’s episode had me hysterical laughing. You two couples are hilarious. I haven’t laughed so much In ages."

While another wrote: "Really good episode Eamonn, thoroughly enjoyed it!"

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The show also featured a cheeky Kiss-Cam moment under the mistletoe, which prompted a frosty response from 61-year-old Eamonn resulting in more viewer criticism.

As a sprig of mistletoe hovered above the couple’s heads, Ruth was clearly game for a Christmas smooch.

“Oh hello,” she said, “there’s some mistletoe for us." Reluctant to indulge in the festive tradition, Eamonn avoided Ruth’s lips as she leaned in to kiss him, planting a peck on her cheek instead.

After being egged on by Joe Swash shouting, “Give the people what they want!” Eamonn conceded and kissed his wife.

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Clearly a bit put out by the whole thing, Eamonn protested: “I’m not being brought onto this show to be wheeled out as some totty for everyone’s delectation.

"Just to get a lot of people at home getting off on watching me.”

One fan was not impressed, writing: “Always scrape the bottom of the barrel with his sexual innuendos that are not funny but childish. I'm not getting off on you Sir.”

Nevertheless, some fans appeared to love Eamonn's appearance on the show. One wrote: "Really enjoyed today. Eamonn Holmes is just brilliant […] Thank you for brightening a dull Wednesday."

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However, others mentioned sensing tension between the couple – who will be celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary next June.

“Is it a joke or does Eamonn Holmes speak to Ruth like crap and patronise her all the time? Or only on TV? I can feel the tension from here,” a fan commented.

“Ooof Ruth & Eamonn today on Loose Women must have had a barney before the show!” another speculated.

This comes hot on the heels of Ruth and Eamonn’s departure as regular hosts on ITV’s This Morning. The pair are set to cover Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during the school holidays while their Friday slot will be taken over by new duo Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary

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