Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford replaced as This Morning announce new host
This Morning: Eamonn and Ruth deliver bad news about final week
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This Morning’s presenting team is set to have a shake-up after ITV producers announced a new addition to the team. Throughout the school holidays, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have fronted the chat show while regular hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield enjoyed a summer break. However, it has since been confirmed Eamonn and Ruth will not be presenting the show for the last week of the summer holidays. Instead, the couple will be replaced with Rochelle Humes and This Morning newcomer Vernon Kay.
The Saturday’s singer will be joined by Alison Hammond to present the show on Bank Holiday Monday [August 30].
However, from Tuesday, August 31, Rochelle will be joined by newcomer Vernon Kay.
The Family Fortunes presenter will co-host the programme with Rochelle until Thursday, September 2.
Rochelle will then be reunited with Alison on Friday, while regular presenter Dermot O’Leary host parts of the show live from Manchester, where he will be based in preparation for Soccer Aid.
Speaking about making his This Morning debut, Vernon began: “This Morning is the daytime go-to show, so to be asked to guest host on a show I’ve watched since its inception is a huge tick for me.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Rochelle and sitting on that famous sofa.”
Rochelle continued: “I’m so looking forward to hosting with the wonderful Alison Hammond again. I also can’t wait to welcome Vernon Kay into the This Morning family.”
Phillip and Holly will return to front This Morning from September 6.
It is not clear why Eamonn and Ruth’s presenting duties have been cut short.
However, as Friday’s instalment came to a close, Eamonn told viewers next week would be their “last week” hosting the show.
“Thank you very much indeed, everybody,” he began. “Thanks for watching today.
“Thanks for watching all this week. We’re back Monday to do it all again, it’s our last week, so I hope you can join us.”
Earlier this month, Eamonn came under fire from viewers after he described Dr Zoe Williams’ hair as “alpaca-ish”.
The host received backlash from viewers online and TV watchdog, Ofcom has since confirmed they received 156 complaints regarding Eamonn’s comments.
It is unclear as to whether an investigation will be launched.
Following his comment, the presenter acknowledged his actions and sent an apology to the GP and Dr Zoe also took to social media to publicly accept Eamonn’s apology.
In view of his one million followers, Eamonn penned: “Hey everyone out there. If my attempt at being humour with my friend @DrZoeWilliams was misjudged, I am mortified and humbly apologise to anyone who was offended.”
Dr Zoe publicly accepted the TV presenter’s apology and addressed the backlash on Twitter.
She wrote: “I have had lots of comments and questions sent to me about what happened yesterday, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect before responding.
“Sometimes it is difficult to know how to respond in these situations, so I feel it is best to speak honestly and from the heart.
“I feel torn as on the one hand it pains me to see the abuse that Eamonn has been receiving because of this (that’s not ok either). Eamonn is a friend of mine, he’s one of the most warm-hearted people in television and has always been supportive of me and my career.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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