Ruth Langsford says she worked hard for This Morning job and 'didn't do reality TV' as she's replaced by Alison Hammond
RUTH Langsford has said she worked hard for her This Morning role and didn't become successful through reality TV as she's replaced by former Big Brother star Alison Hammond.
The 60-year-old old and husband Eamonn Holmes were reportedly blindsided when ITV bosses decided their time hosting the Friday edition of the show was up.
The decision to replace them with Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary is said to have left them "furious".
And in an interview in yesterday's Mirror Notebook, Ruth told how she grafted to get the role that she's had for the last 14 years.
She said: "We've put the work in. We didn't do a reality show and get an overnight job on the telly. We've come up through the ranks. Eamonn was only 19 when he started out. And he was doing the teatime news in Belfast during The Troubles.
"It was heavy stuff. And he's now got an OBE for services to broadcasting."
Alison, who shot to fame during a short stint on Big Brother in 2002, recently impressed with assured performances hosting the main show.
She has achieved national treasure status, thanks to her larger than life personality, and laugh out loud interviews with A list celebs.
The shock restructuring of the show took Ruth by surprise, and just last week she insisted she hadn't been told anything about a potential line-up change.
In an interview with new! magazine, she insisted she wasn't worried about losing her job.
When asked if the show was headed for a shake-up, Ruth told the publication: "There's always talk, I don't know. Not that anybody's told me."
Insisting that she had no concerns about being given the boot, Ruth later added: "I think I am very good at what I do, and as long as they want me I'll be there.
"I've been doing it a very long time and it seems we've been very popular, so I presume all those things will be taken into consideration."
Eamonn and Ruth have presented Friday's episode of This Morning 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 Alison and Dermot will be the new weekly faces for Friday's shows.
The new hosts previously impressed bosses when they hosted the show together over the summer, with producers keen to add more diversity to their line-up.
But their predecessors have been left understandably hurt by the decision.
A source 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.
And with Holly and Phil considered "untouchable", it is Eamonn and Ruth who have been impacted by the shake-up.
Furious fans have since vowed to boycott the show in solidarity with the couple, with many claiming that the decision was unfair.
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