Eamonn Holmes made a snide comment about his This Morning departure on his final day in the Friday hosting slot with his wife Ruth Langsford. It
Eamonn Holmes made a snide comment about his This Morning departure on his final day in the Friday hosting slot with his wife Ruth Langsford.
It was revealed on 30 November that the presenters, both 60, who fill in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Fridays, had been axed from their weekly slot to be replaced with Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.
The duo appeared on screens on Friday for their last show, during which Eamonn made a dig about bosses ‘getting rid’ of them during a chat about discounted trees.
Ruth swiftly shot down the comment and continued the show, while Eamonn took to Instagram to mark their final day with an emotional post, in which he penned: ‘Thanks for the memories, hope we made some for you too.’
Out: Eamonn Holmes made a snide comment about his This Morning departure on his final day in the Friday hosting slot with his wife Ruth Langsford
Eamonn, who has been demoted with his wife to hosting during school holidays. said: ‘Do you know what I saw yesterday? Outside the opticians was a man selling Christmas trees, discounting them by half price.’
As Ruth responded: ‘They’re struggling to get rid of them, I suppose’, Eamonn responded: ‘I would say so darling. That’s the obvious conclusion. Which is why they’re getting rid of us on a Friday after all this time’.
Shooting him down in jest, Ruth simply said: ‘Oh stop’
Prior to the show, Eamonn gave a nod to their final day in his Instagram post which saw him and Ruth on-stage at the National Television Awards.
In with the new: It was revealed on 30 November that the presenters, both 60, who fill in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Fridays, had been axed from their weekly slot to be replaced with Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary
With the picture, he penned a caption reading: ‘We bow out of 15 years of our Friday slot on This Morning today. Thanks for the memories hope we made some for you too. Until February May it be a Happy Christmas to you all.’
Beneath the picture, Dermot penned: ‘Masterclass. Humbled to be in your wake’.
After it was confirmed that Alison, 45, and Dermot, 47, would be replacing the couple, a media storm exploded with talk of rage behind-the-scenes.
When the news was announced, both Eamonn and his wife Ruth shared a sweet message to This Morning’s new Friday hosts Alison and Dermot amid rift rumours.
Shocker: Eamonn, who has been demoted with his wife to hosting the ITV favourite during holidays. said: ‘Do you know what I saw yesterday? Outside the opticians was a man selling Christmas trees, discounting them by half price’
The two stars both sent out an identical statement which read: ‘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.’
The incoming presenters will begin their new coveted jobs on January 8, joining a lineup that also includes main hosts Phillip, 58, and Holly, 39.
Breaking her silence on the shake-up following weeks of speculation, Alison, 45, said in a statement: ‘I never dreamt that when I first joined This Morning – initially for a few months – that I would still be there 19 years later.
A tribute: Prior to the show, Eamonn gave nod to their final day in his Instagram post which saw him on stage at the National Television Awards
Sweet: While Eamonn wrote an impassioned message, Dermot penned a touching response in which he stated he would be ‘humbled’ to take over
‘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.’
Sharing his own statement, co-host Dermot said: ‘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.’
The news comes after Alison revealed that presenters on This Morning aren’t the best of friends, amid claims she’s locked in a feud with Ruth and Eamonn.
Not long now: The incoming presenters will begin their new coveted jobs on January 8, joining a lineup that also includes main hosts Phillip Schofield, 58, and Holly Willoughby, 39
In an interview conducted before the shakeup was revealed, Alison claimed that only main hosts Holly and Phillip are off-camera pals.
The TV personality, who attended Ruth and Eamonn’s 2010 wedding, told The Sun: ‘We’re not on top of each other, do you know what I mean?
‘Phillip and Holly, they go on holiday together. They genuinely love each other, in a brother and sister way.
‘But literally when we finish everyone wants to go home to their families and see them. We’ve got it just right I think. But no they all go and do their own thing.’
On Thursday, Alison shared a cryptic message, as she took to her Instagram account to tell her followers that ‘strong people don’t tear down others’.
The happy couple: The duo have been on the show for 15 years
Days earlier, Ruth was forced to deny she was making a dig at Alison, after it was revealed the former Big Brother star will replace her on the flagship daytime show.
Amid the ongoing drama, Alison posted a cartoon picture of a girl and a dolphin rising to the surface of the ocean together, with the words: ‘Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up.’
The post received an outpouring of love from Alison’s followers and her celebrity pals, with Martine McCutcheon commenting: ‘Yes. 100 percent.’
This Morning’s resident medic, Dr. Zoe Williams commented with a heart and 100% emojis. Ruth previously denied that her comments were ‘directed at anyone in particular’ after criticising reality stars and their rise to fame in a resurfaced interview
Starring role: Holly and Phil host the show from Monday to Thursday