Alison Hammond’s co-stars have shown their support for the TV presenter after she was reportedly targeted by trolls over her new position on This Morning.
It was announced last week that starting in the new year, Alison would front the Friday episodes of the ITV daytime show alongside Dermot O’Leary.
Alison said she ‘hoped to make viewers proud’ as she becomes a permanent fixture.
However, the decision means firm favourites Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes will move from their regular presenting job to become Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s school holiday replacements.
Josie Gibson, who mainly presents the competition segments on This Morning took to Twitter to send a message of support after Alison was reportedly targeted by trolls online.
‘I can’t believe some sad little sadsacks can be so vile to one of the most talented, infectious, caring, insanely hard-working, and one of the most beautiful souls on the planet,’ she penned.
‘There would be very little trolling if everyone was verified before making a social media account.’
TV host Matthew Wright, who regularly makes guest appearances on the ITV show, also threw his support behind Alison.
He tweeted: ‘All I can say (aside from all trolling is evil) is watching Alison Hammond busting her ass filming This Morning panto (under challenging tech conditions) is it doesn’t show!’
Matthew and Josie’s messages of support come after it was reported that Alison is having duty of care meetings with ITV bosses following the online abuse.
To make sure that she’s OK in the face of the negativity, the ITV team has stepped in and started having meetings with the former Big Brother star to check-in on her wellbeing.
‘Alison confided that while the Friday gig is her dream come true, staying positive had become a battle.’
After talking to the team, Alison has become determined to ‘put the matter behind her’, and has since declared that she ‘won’t be bullied’, telling a fan that her ‘high self-esteem’ will keep her protected from the cruelty.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to ITV for comment.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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