Alison Hammond has revealed that presenters on This Morning aren’t the best of friends, amid claims she’s locked in a feud with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes.
The bubbly Brummie, 45, and Dermot O’Leary, 47, are reportedly set to be replacing veteran hosts Ruth and Eamonn, both 60, as This Morning’s Friday presenters.
And in an interview conducted before the purported shakeup, Alison claimed that only main hosts Holly Willoughby, 39, and Phillip Schofield, 58, are off-camera pals.
Pals: Alison Hammond has revealed that presenters on This Morning aren’t the best of friends, amid claims she’s locked in a feud with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes
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.’
Shakeup: Alison, 45, and Dermot O’Leary, 47, are reportedly set to be replacing veteran hosts Ruth Lansgsford Holmes and Eamonn, both 60 (pictured), as This Morning’s Friday presenters
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’.
Days earlier, Ruth was forced to deny she was making a dig at Alison, after it was claimed 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.’
Speaking out: On Thursday, Alison seemingly had her say on the ongoing This Morning team drama, sharing a telling message on Instagram
This Morning’s resident medic, Dr Zoe Williams commented with a heart and 100% emojis.
Earlier this week, Ruth denied that her comments were ‘directed at anyone in particular’ after criticising reality stars and their rise to fame in a recently resurfaced interview.
The TV host’s comments came before it was revealed that she would be replaced on This Morning by Alison, an ex Big Brother contestant, in the huge shake-up by ITV bosses.
Ruth previously said that she and her husband, 60, had ‘put the work in’ to get into their positions and didn’t ‘do a reality show’ and ‘get an overnight job’.
Before the new hosting line-up was revealed earlier this month, she told The Sunday Mirror’s Notebook Magazine: ‘We’ve put the work in.
ITV shakeup: Amid the ongoing This Morning drama, Alison posted a picture of a girl and a dolphin, with the words, ‘Strong people don’t put others down’
Support: The post received an outpouring of love from Alison’s followers and her celeb pals, with Martine McCutcheon commenting, ‘Yes. 100 percent’
‘We didn’t do a reality show and get an overnight job on the telly. We’ve come up through the ranks.’
But representatives for Ruth have denied that her comments were ‘directed at anyone’ insisting that they had been made as a ‘general observation’.
The spokesperson continued: ‘The comments from Ruth were made as a general observation in an interview conducted more than six weeks ago, about the industry and different routes into the business.
‘Ruth was simply illustrating a point that whereas some presenters launch their careers by being on other TV programmes first, her and Eamonn’s experience and career paths had taken a different and more traditional path.
‘This wasn’t directed at anyone in particular – indeed she has always been supportive of a number of her professional colleagues and friends who have taken this route.’
Earlier this month, it was reported that the married couple had been dropped from the ITV chat show after both presenting the hit Friday morning slot for 14 years.
But the duo will continue to host the ITV show from Monday to Thursday during the schools’ six-week summer holiday.
Fan-favourite Alison, and Dermot, 47, impressed both viewers and ITV bosses when they covered for main hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in the summer.
News of the This Morning line-up comes just five months after This Morning editor Martin Frizell told staff that he was planning to hire a black presenter.
Longtime team member: Alison has been a longtime member of the This Morning team, growing increasingly popular while presenting segments on the show
During a video conference with staff in June, he said: ‘There is not a black presenter on any of the programmes today. We plan to change that, we [This Morning] are looking into that.’
But Eamonn and Ruth were said to be ‘disappointed and devastated’ by the big news, as they have ‘loved’ their stint presenting on This Morning.
Earlier this month, a This Morning source said: ‘Ruth and Eamonn have been part of the show for 14 years and being told they are no longer wanted has been very sad and disappointing for them.
‘They love it and the viewers love them, but times are changing on the show and they have been the victims.’
Eammon and Ruth have been assured that they remain ‘part of the This Morning family’ and will likely be asked to cover when other presenters are on holiday.
New job: Alison and Dermot O’Leary (pictured) will reportedly replace long-term This Morning stars Ruth and her husband Eamonn Holmes on Friday mornings