According to a report from The Mirror on Saturday, the married presenters, both 60, are said to be ‘furious and upset’ as they will now be replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.
A source speaking to the publication said the TV personality, 45, and X Factor presenter, 47, have ‘real warmth’ and as such are seen as perfect replacements for Ruth and Eamonn, who will now present the show for six weeks in the summer.
Shock: Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes ‘have been DROPPED from their This Morning slot and will be replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary’, it was reported on Saturday
The insider said of the decision: ‘It’s time for a change and they are perfect.
‘Eamonn is pretty furious and everyone feels for him and Ruth, they are well liked on the team, but sometimes tough decisions have to be made.’
Alison and Dermot have previously worked together on the show, presenting it as a duo whilst Ruth, Eamonn, Holly Willoughy and Phillip Schofield were away during the summer holidays.
Eamonn and Ruth have presented every Friday on the show since 2006, and, the couple will now allegedly take over from Holly and Phil to present the show during the six week summer period.
Stepping in: The married presenters, both 60, are said to be ‘angry and upset’ as they will now be replaced by Alison and Dermot, who have previously presented the show together
Shake-up: Eamonn and Ruth have presented every Friday on the show since 2006, and, the couple will now allegedly take over from Holly and Phil during the six week summer period
While she is reported to no longer be presenting This Morning, Ruth will remain a regular panellist on Loose Women.
MailOnline has contacted ITV spokespeople, Ruth and Eamonn, and Alison and Dermot’s representatives for comment.
Fans of This Morning took to Twitter following news of the replacement, saying they were unhappy about the decision and even suggesting they take over from Holly and Phil permanently.
One person wrote: ‘I wish Eamonn and Ruth presented it Mon – Thurs. I’m not a big fan of the tooth achingly sweet giggly vibe. I like the rude, frank, funny and genuineness of E&R. Such a shame – gutted!’
Safe: While she is reported to no longer be presenting This Morning, Ruth will remain a regular panellist on Loose Women (pictured earlier this week)
Upset: Fans of This Morning took to Twitter following news of the replacement, saying they were unhappy about the decision
While another added: ‘That’s weird tbh. I know they didn’t please everyone but I did like Ruth & Eamonn on it. Ruth still has Loose Women luckily.’
And tweeting Ruth and Eamonn directly, another said: ‘@EamonnHolmes it terrible new you and @RuthieeL have been axed from @thismorning the programme won’t be the same without u we love Ruth and eamonn (sic).’
Alison is a staunch favourite of fans, and has been a part of the show for many years as a roving reporter and made her presenting debut this summer.
The mother-of-one stepped in to host the show alongside Dermot and Rochelle Humes, and has previously been hailed as a fantastic presenter by fans.
Part of the family: Alison is a staunch favourite of fans, and has been a part of the show for many years as a roving reporter and made her presenting debut this summer
Great duo: Alison previously stepped in to host the show alongside Rochelle Humes (pictured), and the pair were hailed as a fantastic presenter by fans
Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed that the programme’s editor is seeking to change the line-up to include a permanent black presenter.
In a video conference call with staff last month, the programme’s editor Martin Frizell said: ‘There is not a black presenter on any of the programmes today.
‘We plan to change that, we [This Morning] are looking into it.’ This Morning has never had a main black presenter since it launched 32 years ago.
Frizell admitted that finding a black candidate ‘won’t be easy’ and while there is no suggestion that either Holly or Phillip are leaving, there will inevitably be speculation that the move could bring an end to their 11-year partnership on This Morning.
Hosts with the most: Amid calls for the ITV show to hire permanent non-white stars to present the show, Rochelle also presented with Ore Oduba (L) during the summer
Comeback: Ore previously stood in for Phil in November 2016 and March 2017 (pictured)
An ITV source said: ‘It’s a tough one for Martin. He appeared to really mean what he said so it will be difficult to simply give the presenter the once-a-week Friday slot because he would leave himself open to claims of tokenism.’
Another show insider said: ‘Kudos to Frizell for being the first ITV boss to pledge to make this happen. What we are all wondering now is, ‘Will anyone go and, if so, who?’ ‘
Last October, The Mail on Sunday revealed that the channel had failed to feature a single non-white main host on its entire daytime schedule, although some supporting presenters were from ethnic minorities.
Back again: Rochelle has regularly stood in for Holly in the past, presenting with the likes of Mark Wright and Davina McCall over the years (Rochelle and Davina pictured in August 2019)
In July Good Morning Britain presenter Andi Peters interrupted his segment on the show to make an emotional plea to viewers about Black Lives Matter.
The show stalwart took a break from announcing a competition in his home garage to urge fans to continue discussing the movement and insisted he needed to make the plea as ‘one of the only black people on the show’.
He said: ‘I just want to say something as I can, as one of the only black people on this show, it is so important that we all keep talking. It really is. People meet me in the street and ask me how I feel about it.
Great news: In a video conference with staff last month, the programme’s editor Martin Frizell said: ‘There is not a black presenter on any of the programmes today. We plan to change that’
‘We’ve all started this conversation and one of the best things about Good Morning Britain is that we talk about it – we’re not brushing it under the rug, we’re not tip-toeing around, we are talking about it.
‘Every day on this programme we are talking about it and it’s really important that we do. Every black kid watching right now – you could do this job.
‘Anyway, let me tell you about this prize… Sorry, I felt that I needed to say it. I shouldn’t apologise, I mustn’t apologise – I just wanted to say it.’
Thoughts: Frizell admitted finding a black candidate ‘won’t be easy’, as a source claimed he was worried about being ‘open to claims of tokenism’ if a black presenter only hosted Fridays