Eamonn Holmes is reportedly ‘gutted’ to stepping down from his and Ruth Langsford’s regular Friday slot of This Morning, amid ‘office politics bubbling away’ behind the scenes.
On Friday, Eamonn and Ruth hosted their final Friday show for This Morning, signing off before they are replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary in the new year.
Eamonn and Ruth will still remain a part of the programme, returning to host for key holidays, the first of which will take place in February.
During their final Friday episode, Eamonn made a shady comment about how the show is ‘getting rid of us’, in reference to him and his wife, Ruth.
According to a friend of the television presenter, Eamonn, 61, feels ‘gutted’ over the changes that have been made.
‘Eamonn understands things change in broadcasting – he’s an old hand at this now,’ they said.
‘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 surface.’
The friend told The Sun that Eamonn was ‘gutted to be moved from the Friday slot with Ruth’.
However, they added that they don’t believe there was any ‘malice’ behind the comment he made on air about their departure.
‘There was no malice with his comment on air, it was more just an expression of sadness,’ they stated.
During the show, Ruth and Eamonn had been talking about a man selling heavily discounted Christmas trees when he made his comment.
‘They’re struggling to get rid of them, I suppose,’ Ruth, 60, said, to which Eamonn replied: ‘I would say so darling. That’s the obvious conclusion. Which is why they’re getting rid of us on a Friday now.’
At another point in the show, Eamonn almost found himself in hot water when he approached Matthew Wright to inspect his bold mullet hairstyle, before quickly retreating after being reminded about social distancing.
As he and Ruth said goodbye at the end of the programme, Eamonn urged viewers to be ‘nice and lovely’ to Alison and Dermot, describing Alison as a ‘very close’ friend.
He also tweeted: ‘Bye bye to you all on a Friday folks …. Hopefully see u next February for half-term This Morning. Thanks for having us and please have a safe and Merry Christmas.’
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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