Eamonn Holmes has urged This Morning viewers to be ‘nice and lovely’ to Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary when they take over the Friday slot from him and Ruth Langsford.
Last month, it was confirmed that Alison and Dermot would be taking on the role of Friday presenters on the ITV talk show, with Ruth and Eamonn set to return as hosts during key holidays.
Today marked the couple’s final Friday on the programme, an eventful show which saw Eamonn reference This Morning ‘getting rid’ of he and Ruth, in addition to getting a bit too close to Matthew Wright’s mullet amid social distancing guidelines.
During their last segment, Ruth and Eamonn thanked fans for their support, while also wishing Alison and Dermot good luck when they begin their new positions in January.
‘You won’t be watching us anymore on a Friday. Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary they’re going to be here on Fridays from here on in,’ Eamonn, 61, said.
‘Please we would ask you to be as nice and lovely to them, friends of ours as they are – and we’re very close to Alison – as you have been to us for the past 15 years.’
Eamonn said that he and Ruth ‘appreciate all the love that you’ve sent us today’.
‘You haven’t got rid of us,’ Ruth added. ‘We’re back for the half term.’
She continued, stating: ‘It’s been a tricky year for everybody. We hope that we’ve helped you through it a little bit. Thank you for all your support. Have a very Merry Christmas and lots of love from us – see you in February.’
Despite their gracious farewell, Eamonn couldn’t help but throw shade at the changing of the guard on This Morning earlier on.
After Eamonn mentioned that he recently spotted a man selling heavily-discounted Christmas trees, Ruth replied: ‘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. Which is why they’re getting rid of us on a Friday now after all this sort of chat,’ Eamonn responded.
During the programme, Eamonn tweeted his thanks to his and Ruth’s supporters.
‘Bye bye to you all on a Friday folks …. Hopefully see u next February for half-term This Morning,’ he wrote.
‘Thanks for having us and please have a safe and Merry Christmas.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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