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Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes return to This Morning for the first time since Friday slot axe 

Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes returned to This Morning on Monday for the first time since they were axed from their Friday slot.

The presenters, aged 60 and 61 respectively, delighted viewers as they enthused: ‘It’s lovely to have them back where they belong!’, after the pair were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary in December following a 14-year stint.

Stepping in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, the broadcasters will front the programme from Monday to Friday during the course of the half-term period this week.

They’re back! Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes returned to This Morning on Monday for the first time since they were axed from their Friday slot

The couple made a cheery comeback, with Eamonn sharing: ‘Half term it’s Eamon and Ruth on your screens until Friday.’  

Ruth – who has been married to the Northern Irish host since 2010 following a 13-year relationship – added: ‘It certainly is and it’s lovely to see you all.’

The journalist went on to reflect on receiving the Covid-19 Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine after being called early to a jab centre in Surrey on Saturday.

‘I was absolutely delighted. There I am with the lovely Stephanie’, the Loose Women panellist said.

'It's lovely to see you all': The presenters, aged 60 and 61 respectively, delighted viewers as fans enthused: 'It's lovely to have them back where they belong!'

‘It’s lovely to see you all’: The presenters, aged 60 and 61 respectively, delighted viewers as fans enthused: ‘It’s lovely to have them back where they belong!’

Take over: The couple were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary (pictured last week) in December following a 14-year stint

Take over: The couple were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary (pictured last week) in December following a 14-year stint

Update: The couple made a cheery comeback, with Eamonn sharing: 'Half term it’s Eamon and Ruth on your screens until Friday'

Update: The couple made a cheery comeback, with Eamonn sharing: ‘Half term it’s Eamon and Ruth on your screens until Friday’

The vaccine is prioritised for citizens over the age of 65, but the mother-of-one revealed she was called early after receiving a message from the NHS. 

Ruth said: ‘I questioned this. I got the text, I’m 61 [in March] and said, this is too early. I phoned my surgery they said no no, that’s absolutely right. Everyone was lovely. It was quick, it was painless, I feel very lucky I’ve got mine.’ 

Viewers took to Twitter to voiced their joy over their return as they wrote: ‘Eamonn and Ruth actually give me life. It’s like watching my mum and dad on the TV.

‘How wonderful, I missed Eamonn and Ruth, and now they reappear! ITV by cable in Switzerland. @thismorning (of course, I love Allison too). It’s nice to laugh out loud early in the morning.

'I was absolutely delighted': The journalist went on to reflect on receiving the Covid-19 Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine after being called early to a jab centre in Surrey on Saturday (pictured)

‘I was absolutely delighted’: The journalist went on to reflect on receiving the Covid-19 Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine after being called early to a jab centre in Surrey on Saturday (pictured) 

Brief break: Stepping in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (pictured last week), the broadcasters will front the programme from Monday to Friday over the half-term period

Brief break: Stepping in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (pictured last week), the broadcasters will front the programme from Monday to Friday over the half-term period

‘loving Ruth and Eamonn today and for the rest of the week- they should be more permanent.

‘Thank goodness! @thismorning is good again and I can watch. Lovely to have Ruth and Eamonn back where they belong. #ThisMorning

‘So nice to see Ruth and Eamonn back on #thismorning I shall be watching again this week. 

‘I hope the ITV bosses see Eamonn and Ruth trending and do the right thing and give them a day a week back! #thismorning… so lovely to see Eamonn and Ruth back, I’ve missed you both!’ 

'It's like watching my mum and dad on TV': Viewers took to Twitter to voiced their joy over their return

‘It’s like watching my mum and dad on TV’: Viewers took to Twitter to voiced their joy over their return

They marked their final Friday show in December, and have since expressed their gratitude towards fans for their ‘overwhelming’ support following their demotions.

After it was confirmed that former Big Brother personality Alison, 45, and presenter Dermot, 47, would be replacing the couple, a media storm exploded with talk of rage behind-the-scenes. 

The TV stars began their coveted jobs on January 8, joining the line-up that also includes main hosts Phillip, 58, and Holly, 40, while Ruth and Eamonn only present the show during school breaks.

Since their debut, Alison and Dermot reportedly received higher ratings on This Morning than their predecessors.

They’ve proven to be a hit on the show as they were said to have drawn in 1.41 million viewers during their first show last month.

According to reports from The Sun , the pair received 200,000 more viewers tuning into their show than Ruth and Eamonn’s final Friday appearance.

The publication claimed that while the This Morning newbies drew in more viewers, the veterans had a bigger audience share of 23 per cent compared to their successor’s 21 per cent. MailOnline contacted ITV representatives for comment at the time.

Success: Since their debut last month, Alison, 45, and Dermot, 47, reportedly received higher ratings on This Morning than their predecessors (pictured in January)

Success: Since their debut last month, Alison, 45, and Dermot, 47, reportedly received higher ratings on This Morning than their predecessors (pictured in January)


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