Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford 'furious' as they're DROPPED from This Morning and replaced with Alison Hammond
EAMONN Holmes and Ruth Langsford are said to be "furious and upset" after being dropped from This Morning after 14 years.
According to reports, they are being replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary, with The Sun revealing in September that they feared getting the chop.
The long-serving TV couple have presented Friday's episode of the daytime show since 2006 – but they will now only be called in for the summer holidays when main hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield take their six-week break.
They will then take over presenting duties for Monday – Thursday, but fan favourites Alison and Dermot will be the new weekly faces for Friday's shows.
The pair previously impressed bosses when they hosted the show together over the summer, with producers keen to add more diversity to their line-up.
However, the news hasn't gone down well with Eamonn and Ruth – with sources claiming that they are unimpressed with the decision.
The insider shared: "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."
Speaking of Alison and Dermot, the source added to The Mirror: "They have real warmth. It's time for change and they are perfect."
A TV insider previously told The Sun that Eamonn feared he was "too pale, stale and male" to remain a regular face on This Morning for much longer.
They explained: "Eamonn and Ruth are incredibly popular with viewers and loved across the board.
"No one wants to see them go. The shows execs have some very tricky decisions. Eamonn fears he is basically too ‘pale, stale and male’, and, at 60, perhaps not in line with the youth drive broadcasters are after.
"One possibility is to keep the couple on as regular holiday cover but lose their regular Friday slot."
News of the reshuffle comes after ITV chief Carolyn McCall sent an email outlining her accelerated diversity and inclusion plan.
Network insiders were worried about a repeat of “Sue Barker-gate” after the former tennis champ, 64, lost her job fronting Question Of Sport for the BBC.
One said: “It’ll look terrible if they give Ruth and Eamonn the boot.
“Many of our viewers are older or retired, and rely on them to provide some cheer of a morning.”
But This Morning bosses are determined to move ahead with the swap after launching an internal investigation into the diversity of the programme.
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