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Eamomn and Ruth reportedly dropped from This Morning

Reports say they have been replaced by Alison and Dermot

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alexjac0788 Meridian (South East) South East Today
It isn't about shaking up the show for the sake of it, it's about future proofing the show. Dermot has clearly been a strong contender to replace Phil for a couple of years and Alison is by far the most popular member of the wider team.


So wait until Phillip steps down to bring him in? As for Alison, I was looking forward to this chat-show she was rumoured to have landed. Surely, this would play to her strengths more as it would be produced to suit her presenting style. The cracks will soon show when Alison & Dermot get the hard-hitting interviews...
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Aaron_2015 West Country (West) Spotlight
If they are demoted from their regular Friday slot, I really can’t see Eamonn and Ruth continuing to host over the summer holidays. I personally like them both, but can see how a younger pairing would be more ‘on brand’. If this is in fact true, it would have been far more respectful to have given Eamonn and Ruth the opportunity to ‘leave of their own accord’ as opposed to being publicly axed. Ruth still has the Loose Women gig, and depending on how relations are left with ITV, Eamonn could cover for Piers on GMB during the holidays.
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
Eamonn could cover for Piers on GMB during the holidays.

He did that a couple of years ago, but more recently Piers and Ben's covers on GMB have been Adil Ray and Alex Beresford...
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Jonwo
If Dermot and Alison don't work out, it's no skin off the nose of the producers of This Morning and ITV because it's only one day a week.
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CraigWills Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
It's awful and totally wrong. They are the best interviewers and most genuine presenters on the programme.
Sorry but Dermot and Alison were hopeless together the other week when I saw them.
E and R bring journalistic qualities, experience, the husband and wife humour and intelligence, just like Richard, Judy and Fern did.
The programme is becoming so tabloid with the likes of bimbo Willoughby, egotistical Smugfield and lightweight Dermot and Alison.
I hope the viewing figures go down, as regular viewers won't like this change. E and R have been popular on that programme for so many years.
Obviously Alison and Dermot are cheaper than E and R and one of them ticks a certain box.
Eamonn would never have chosen to leave. He always talks of his fondness for the show and they have both contributed so much to it over the years.


I think Alison brings a sense of warmth and fun to the programme, and I can also see her being very down to earth on human interest stories. I think she’ll fit really well into a regular presenting gig and Dermot has enough presenting experience to further settle into the role too.
Also what’s the point in having a ‘journalistic quality’ on a Friday when you don’t have that on the other four days of the week? Doesn’t really make sense.
And you mention about Eamonn’s fondness of the show, but I have to say, I always got the impression Eamonn found the whole thing a bit fluffy and dumbed down at times, and I say that as someone who does quite like Eamonn and Ruth. But I can’t help but think sometimes Eamonn didn’t adapt very well to some of the lifestyle features.

Jonwo posted:
I wouldn't be surprised if the producers of ITV want to kill two birds with one stone. Making Fridays more younger skewing but also showing a commitment to diversity with having Alison as one of the main presenters.


If this is down to a diversity drive, I honestly hope Eamonn and Ruth take legal action against ITV. Alison Hammond is a good presenter, but she shouldn't be getting the job because of her skin colour and, likewise, E & R shouldn't be dropped because of theirs'.

Eamonn and Ruth are naturals in front of the camera and could easily present the show without an autocue. The same can't be said for others.


I do think this newspaper scoop before an official announcement from itv, isn’t anyway to handle the potential departure of two members of a team who been there 15 years. However blaming and downplaying the achievements of the rumoured replacements and quoting ‘diversity drives’ is utter garbage. Why hire Dermot then a white British bloke in his late 40s? If was all about diversity another BAME or LGBT presenter in, they haven’t. Ore or Rylan could have slotted in to fill a ‘ quota ’, they haven’t.

Alison and Dermot IF they are to get this job are getting it on merit.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Alison and Dermot IF they are to be getting this job are getting it on merit.

Exactly. Alison actually really surprised me how good she was in the main host role - always loved her doing her bits but I thought the main gig was a bit risky (although pairing her with an experienced pro like Dermot makes it less so) but she handled all aspects really well.

Agree breaking the story in the press isn't ideal. Really does annoy me though on social media when with such a story people feel the need to tag in the people it features.
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RDJ Central (West) Midlands Today
I don’t think Alison and Dermot gelled that well. But without the X Factor... Dermot doesn’t have anything else.

Ruth can now be available full time for Loose Women. And not sure what Eamonn will do. Ruth and Eamonn haven’t been my favourite... but they add a dimension to the show for the older viewers which they will lack now.

Allison is popular, but with Dermot will lack the gravitas for the serious interviews. It’s a shame and can understand why Ruth and Eamonn would be upset... if indeed they are.
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Jonwo
From ITV's perpective, replacing Eamonn and Ruth now means that when Holly and/or Phil eventually leave, they will have ready made replacements who can slip into the main gig without too much bother and they only have to worry about finding Friday replacement whereas it would be a riskier option to replace all of them at the same time.
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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Twitter (I know) surprisingly positive about this news - expected most comments to be against it but would say about 60-70% seem to support replacing them. Dan Woottan of course who took Eamonn's job at Talk Radio after being axed by ITV Daytime and spending a year trying doing his best to cause friction amongst the This Morning presenters is of course furious.
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And you mention about Eamonn’s fondness of the show, but I have to say, I always got the impression Eamonn found the whole thing a bit fluffy and dumbed down at times, and I say that as someone who does quite like Eamonn and Ruth. But I can’t help but think sometimes Eamonn didn’t adapt very well to some of the lifestyle features.



This. Eamonn always seems unimpressed playing Spin to Win for example.

His skills would be much better used as Thursday/Friday on Good Morning Britain. Ben Shephard would be better suited to This Morning than Dermot imo.
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Jonwo
Twitter (I know) surprisingly positive about this news - expected most comments to be against it but would say about 60-70% seem to support replacing them. Dan Woottan of course who took Eamonn's job at Talk Radio after being axed by ITV Daytime and spending a year trying doing his best to cause friction amongst the This Morning presenters is of course furious.


Had it been Holly and Phil, I imagine it would have been a slightly more mixed reaction.
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London Lite Founding member London London
Eamonn isn't on a golden handcuffs deal is he? So he could freelance elsewhere.

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