Eamonn Holmes has said that he is "very emotional" over becoming a grandfather for the first time and admits the news is a "happy" development after having a "miserable" week.

The 61-year-old previously said he had been in hospital after suffering "pain like I've never experienced in my life".

On Wednesday, he told This Morning viewers: "I’ve been having a very tough week… It hasn’t been a good time and I’ve been in tears."

He added: "And I’ve been in tears again. It involves these two people here" – as an image of his eldest son, Declan, 32, and daughter-in-law Jenny flashed up on the screen.

"Can you seriously believe that I’m going to be a grandpa?" he quipped.

"It’s very good… I didn’t think I would be so happy but I got very emotional."

It is "lovely news, regeneration, the old guard goes out, the new guard comes in," he said.

His co-host and wife Ruth Langsford remarked: "You looked a bit like a granddad this week!"

The baby is due in July and Holmes said to his son and daughter-in-law: "Thank you for bringing so much joy and happiness into our lives at this very miserable time."

Holmes has three children, Declan, Rebecca and Niall, from his first marriage. He and Langsford have a son, Jack, who was born in 2002.