Dermot O’Leary has emphasised how close his and Alison Hammond’s friendship since they first started hosting This Morning together, saying she’s become ‘like a sister’ after they clashed off-air early on.
In January, Dermot and Alison took over the Friday programme of This Morning, replacing Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in their regular slot.
Dermot, 48, and Alison, 46, have a really fun chemistry on set, getting to know one another over the past eight months.
However, when they first started presenting the show, they had teething problems, as they weren’t given the chance to get to know each other properly before jumping into the deep end.
Dermot explained that when they came together to host This Morning, it was the first time they’d met in 15 years before teaming up to present on live TV for two and a half hours.
‘The idea that there wouldn’t be a period of getting to know each other is insane,’ he told The Sun.
The TV presenter added that if he and Alison had pretended to know each other really well, viewers ‘wouldn’t have bought’ the act.
Around two months after stepping into their new roles, Dermot and Alison shared a tense off-air moment, which led to a very candid discussion where they ironed out their issues.
‘We both did something that the other didn’t like – nothing major – but after it happened we looked at each other, and I said: “You didn’t like it when I did that, did you?” And she said no, she didn’t,’ he recalled.
‘And I said: “OK, well I didn’t like it when you did that thing.” And we both laughed, because now we knew. The most important thing is to find out what annoys the other and make sure you don’t do it again.’
Dermot stressed how important it is for someone to ‘trust’ their colleague when presenting on live TV.
Their friendship has become stronger than ever, with Dermot saying: ‘Now she’s like a sister to me and we’ve got each other’s backs.
‘We both know our own strengths and what we need from the other, we know each other’s beats and nuances and it just feels really natural and warm, so I’m glad that it went that way.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.