Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford speak out after being replaced on This Morning

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have both spoken out after being replaced on This Morning.

It’s been confirmed that Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary will be taking over the husband and wife’s Friday slot from January 2021, with the duo returning to host the show during key holidays.

Posting the same statement on their respective Twitter accounts, Ruth and Eamonn penned: ‘It’s a changing of the guard on Fridays from January.

‘We hope you make Alison and Dermot as welcome as you’ve made us over the years. Have a Ball you two! It’s not Goodbye from us, it’s simply Au Revoir until the next half term.’

In another statement shared with Metro.co.uk, the couple said: ‘We absolutely love This Morning and are happy to be part of the This Morning Family.’

Alison and Dermot impressed producers over the summer as they stood in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

‘I never dreamt that when I first joined This Morning – initially for a few months – that I would still be there 19 years later,’ Alison enthused about the news.

‘I genuinely care about the show and the viewers who watch, so it’s a huge privilege and honour to be hosting a show I adore so much. I’m just really excited to be doing even more of what I love alongside the lovely Dermot.’

Meanwhile, Dermot added: ‘I’m deeply thrilled and honoured to be joining the This Morning team next year. We have huge shoes to fill and we are well aware what a privilege it is to be stepping into them.

‘Above all, we want to have fun and for you to be able to kick your weekend off with a smile, especially given the year we’ve all had. So, I’m delighted to be co-hosting with the living embodiment of sunshine on a rainy day. I can’t wait to get started.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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