‘When a picture is worth a thousand words!’ Eamonn Holmes is sent heartwarming throwback snap by Rochelle Humes as she shows her support amid This Morning axe drama
- Broadcasters Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford, both 60, have been axed from their Friday slot by ITV’s This Morning after 14 years
- The duo will be replaced by Big Brother star Alison Hammond, and X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary
- Alison and Dermot are said to have ‘real warmth’ and as such are seen as perfect replacements for Ruth and Eamonn on the coveted Friday slot
- A source claimed: ‘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’
- Eamonn and Ruth have presented every Friday on the show since 2006
- The married presenters will now reportedly take over from Holly and Phil during their six-week summer break
- Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed that the programme’s editor was seeking to change the line-up to include a permanent black presenter
It emerged on Monday that Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford have been axed from their Friday slot by ITV’s This Morning after 14 years – to make way for the show’s first permanent black presenter.
And, on Wednesday, Eamonn took to Instagram to share a heartwarming throwback snap, which had been sent to him by Rochelle Humes amid the This Morning drama.
Posing for the photograph, which was taken during a previous co-hosting stint in May 2019, the former Saturdays singer, 31, had her arms wrapped around the veteran presenter, 60, as they sat together on the This Morning couch.
Sweet: On Wednesday, Eamonn Holmes, 60, shared a heartwarming throwback snap to Instagram, which had been sent to him by Rochelle Humes, 31, amid the This Morning drama
Eamonn wrote alongside: ‘Just got sent this by my lovely friend Rochelle. That’s when a picture is worth a thousand words.’
Hosts Ruth and Eamonn are believed to be ‘furious and upset’ by their exit from the daytime series as they make way for its first permanent black presenter Alison Hammond, 45, and X Factor’s Dermot O’Leary, 47.
The TV star told the Mirror’s Notebook magazine that she and Eamonn had put the ‘work in’ to get to where they are today, in an interview given in early October prior to the news breaking.
Throwback: The photograph of the former Saturdays singer and the veteran presenter was taken during a previous co-hosting stint in May 2019 (pictured)
Ruth said: ‘We’ve put the work in. We didn’t do a reality show and get an overnight job on the telly. We’ve come up through the ranks.
‘Eamonn was only 19 when he started out. And he was doing the teatime news in Belfast during The Troubles. It was heavy stuff. And he’s now got an OBE for services to broadcasting.’
The TV stars were unaware they were being dropped, and had recently brushed off axe rumours.
Upset: Hosts Ruth and Eamonn are believed to be ‘furious and upset’ by their exit from their regular Friday slot on the daytime series (Pictured earlier this month)
News of the show’s longtime reporter Alison presenting alongside Dermot comes after the programme’s editor Martin Frizell was said to want to diversify the show by adding a permanent black presenter.
In an interview just last week, the panellist admitted she wasn’t given a heads-up about losing her position, but suggested she wasn’t concerned about a potential shake-up after their 14-year stint.
Ruth told new! magazine: ‘There’s always talk, I don’t know. Not that anybody’s told me. I think I am very good at what I do, and as long as they want me I’ll be there.
‘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.’
In with the new: The married couple be replaced by the show’s first black host, Alison Hammond, and Dermot O’Leary (pictured in the summer)
Shake-up: The couple have presented every Friday on the show since 2006, and, the couple will now take over from Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield for the summer period
MailOnline contacted representatives for ITV, Ruth, Eamonn, Alison and Dermot for further comment at the time.
Eamonn and Ruth have presented every Friday on the show since 2006, and, the couple will now reportedly take over from Holly Willoughy and Phillip Schofield to present the show during the six week summer period.
The insider told The Mirror of the decision: ‘It’s time for a change and they are perfect. 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.’