Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford ‘furious’ as they’re axed from This Morning and replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary
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Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are being replaced on This Morning after 14 years, but Demott O’Leary and Alison Hammond.
The husband and wife presenting duo are to said to be both “furious and upset” by the decision to drop them from the show that they have hosted since 2006.
However, the pair will instead be moved to presenting over the summer holidays while Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are away on their six-week-long break.
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Alison Hammond, who shot to fame on Big Brother, has always been a firm favourite with fans and has presented segments on This Morning for years.
She recently hosted the show alongside former X Factor presented Dermott as stand-ins and a source has revealed that bosses were very impressed with the duos on-screen chemistry.
An insider revealed to The Mirror: “They have real warmth. It's time for a change and they are perfect.
“Eamonn is pretty furious and everyone feels for him and Ruth, they are well liked on the team, but sometimes tough decisions have to be made.”
Ruth is expected to continue on as part of the Loose Women panel, where she has proven hugely popular with viewers.
Back in September it was rumoured that ITV were looking to diversify the This Morning line up.
Dame Carolyn McCall, ITV’s chief executive, said back in July at a press conference that she was working to "change in diversity and inclusion on screen and across ITV by creating more opportunities for those from Black, Asian, minority ethnic and other underrepresented groups".
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In a previous interview with The Sun, Ruth, 60, was asked if she was worried about losing her job.
She said: "Not really. I don’t think about it. I just get on with it and do my job.
"I’m not in control of those things and I am a firm believer in not worrying about things you can’t control.
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes
"If there are discussions happening in management, I’m not part of those. So until somebody says otherwise, I will do my job and love it, like I have done for 17 years."
Eamonn, 60, has reportedly recently expressed concerns he was too "pale, stale and male" for the hit breakfast show.
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