Eamonn has taken a subtle dig at This Morning for ‘relegating’ him to presenting the ‘holiday slot’ (Picture: ITV)
Eamonn Holmes has taken a subtle dig at This Morning for supposedly ‘relegating’ him and wife Ruth Langsford to presenting the ‘holiday slot’ on the ITV show.
The two hosts previously presented the Friday edition of the series together, but they were replaced with Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary back in January.
However, Eamonn and Ruth, both 61, recently returned to the show to cover for regular presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, who usually host between Monday and Thursday, while they were on their summer breaks.
Eamonn had ‘liked’ a tweet a fan had posted on Twitter, who expressed their disappointment that he and his wife had been ‘relegated to holidays only’ and called for them to have a ‘regular spot’ presenting once again.
They tweeted: ‘When you listen to @EamonnHolmes & @RuthieeL and the everyday normal things they get up to, it makes you wonder why management at @thismorning have relegated them to holidays only?
‘They deserve a regular spot, bring them back for a weekly spot please, it makes sense!’
Upon his and Ruth’s return to the show during the summer period, Eamonn had jokingly admitted he’s ‘sorry’ to have replaced Holly and Phillip during a recent episode.
‘Sorry to everybody. Sorry that we’re here this summer and Phillip and Holly aren’t,’ he said.
‘But you’ve just got us, that’s what you’ve got to put up with.’
Ruth immediately opposed her husband’s message, telling him to ‘stop it’, before stating: ‘I’m not saying sorry for that, I’m thoroughly enjoying being here.’
Eamonn and Ruth have returned to present the series over the summer period (Picture: ITV)
Last year, it had been reported that Eamonn was ‘gutted’ to be stepping down from his regular Friday slot on the series.
A friend told The Sun: ‘Eamonn understands things change in broadcasting – he’s an old hand at this now.
‘But the situation at This Morning has felt fraught for a while and the office politics surrounding their future has been bubbling away under the service.’
However, they added that they don’t believe there was any ‘malice’ behind the comment he made on air about their departure.
Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary now present the Friday This Morning show (Picture: ITV)
On their last regular Friday episode in December, Eamonn also happened to make a shady comment which did not go unnoticed by viewers.
As he spoke about how he had spotted a man selling Christmas trees at a discounted rate, Ruth commented: ‘Well they’re struggling to get rid of them I suppose, aren’t they.’
‘I would say so darling, I’d say that’s the obvious conclusion,’ Eamonn responded, before adding: ‘Which is why they’re getting rid of us on a Friday now after all this sort of chat.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Eamonn Holmes for comment.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.