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Fans were stunned when it was reported This Morning favourites Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes are set to be booted from their regular slot on the popular morning show.
But now we can reveal that the presenting power couple, both 60, are hoping that, after a huge outpouring of support from the public, bosses at ITV will reverse the controversial decision to replace them with Alison Hammond, 45, and Dermot O’Leary, 47
Ruth and Eamonn currently present Fridays on This Morning, while Holly Willoughby, 39, and Phillip Schofield, 58, take the reins Monday to Thursday.
“Ruth and Eamonn are absolutely devastated,” our insider claimed. “They’ve heard rumblings about this for a long time. Eamonn in particular thought this was going to happen, so it wasn’t a shock.
“There’s been no confirmation of the changes, so Ruth and Eamonn are both holding on to the hope that they could win back their slot.
“They hope the public outcry will change the bosses’ minds, or that they could do a Monday show or the Wednesday and then Alison and Dermot could do the Friday.”
The devastated duo are hopeful the decision to axe them will be reversed
Speaking to new magazine earlier this month, Ruth addressed rumours of a shake-up on the daytime show.
“There’s always talk, I don’t know. Not that anybody’s told me,” she said. “I think I am very good at what I do, and as long as they want me I’ll be there.
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“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.”
The night prior to news of their axing leaked, Eamonn told fans on Facebook that he found it tough to deal with trolls who want him fired.
“People say it’s water off a duck’s back, but people wake up and they know they can get you sacked,” he said. “That’s the thing about live TV. It can be very stressful.”
And in what some deemed to be a dig at Alison, who rose to fame on Big Brother back in 2002, Ruth claimed she and Eamonn had paid their dues in TV in a newly released interview.
“We’ve put the work in,” she said. “We didn’t do a reality show and get an overnight job on the telly. We’ve come up through the ranks.”
But our insider claimed there are no hard feelings between the couple, who’ve been on the show for 14 years, and bubbly This Morning favourite Alison, who reached out to them over the furore. “Ruth and Eamonn get on well with Alison and she’s called them about this,” our source revealed.
“She was very self-deprecating and said she couldn’t believe it had happened and that she isn’t
a proper anchor. “They know this isn’t Alison’s doing and they’re very fond of her. It was very kind of her to call them – she loves them as much as everyone else on the show.”
Many fans have been outraged over the decision, with some even choosing to boycott the show, while petition has been made to reinstate Ruth and Eamonn.
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Our source concluded, “People aren’t going to be happy if they go – there’s going to be quite a commotion.”
A spokesperson for This Morning said, “We have a stellar presenting line-up on This Morning in Holly and Phillip and Eamonn and Ruth. Any additions to this line-up will be announced in due course.”
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