Gloria Hunniford has told of her friend Eamonn Holmes’ disappointment over the This Morning shake-up.
The ITV show recently confirmed that Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary would be replacing Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford on Fridays.
The husband and wife team will now only host the programme during key holidays.
Presenter Hunniford told the Daily Mirror: “I’ve talked to Eamonn since, and he’s clearly disappointed.
“I think they find it very difficult to understand why the change.”
“That one was very hard to understand - I don’t fully understand the reasons behind it,” Hunniford said, although the star added that it was good to see “a lot of lovely new young presenters coming in”.
It was confirmed earlier this week that Hammond and O'Leary would take over Fridays from January 2021.
Holmes and Langsford addressed the news on Twitter, saying in matching posts that it was “a changing of the guard”.
“We hope you make Alison and Dermot as welcome as you’ve made us over the years,” they said.
“Have a Ball you two!
“It’s not Goodbye from us, it’s simply Au Revoir until the next half term.”
Langsford and Holmes joined This Morning in 2006 and their comfortable co-presenting style has been a big hit.
News of their departure has upset many viewers, with some even saying they would no longer tune in to the ITV show on Fridays if the pair were not there.
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