This Morning: Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes ‘furious’ after being ‘axed’ as presenters

Married couple have hosted show’s Friday episodes since 2006

Jacob Stolworthy@Jacob_Stol
Sunday 15 November 2020 10:27
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ITV has axed Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes as regular presenters on This Morning, reports claim.

The pair, who are married and have presented the show’s Friday slot since 2006, are reportedly "furious and upset".

It’s being claimed the shake-up will see Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary join the series in their place.

Langsford and Holmes would then present the show when Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby go on their annual six-week hiatus every summer.

The Independent has contacted representatives for Langsford and Holmes for comment, but an ITV spokesperson said: “Any additions to this line up will be announced in due course.”

A source told The Mirror: “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.”

Earlier this year, ITV’s chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said that representation in the media had to improve, and that the priority was no longer just on gender.

This Morning’s editor Martin Frizell is also reported to have said the show was hoping to expand its diversity having had all-white presenters for several decades.

Hammond, who has featured on the show since 2003, guest presented the show earlier this summer to praise for viewers.

Meanwhile, Holmes was told off by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for making “ill-judged” comments about a conspiracy theory that claims coronavirus is spread by 5G telephone masts.

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