Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary will host This Morning on Fridays from January (Image: ITV)
The TV star and Dermot O’Leary will be the new hosts of This Morning on Fridays, taking on from Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
Earlier than Christmas Ruth and Eammon handed the baton over to their colleagues asking viewers to ‘be kind’.
Alison was apprehensive concerning the position because it got here after editor Martin Frizell informed workers he would rent a black presenter to enhance range on the channel within the wake of the Black Lives Matter motion, says The Mail on Sunday.
She was additionally very glad together with her position interviewing celebrities – together with her encounters with the likes of Harrison Ford and Dwayne Johnson going viral.
Nonetheless a spokesman for This Morning stated any suggestion of ‘tokenism’ is ‘fully unfaithful’.
Ruth and Eamonn will current the present over key holidays (Image: ITV)
A supply stated: ‘ITV determined final 12 months they wished range on their programmes after which they determined to supply the presenting job to Alison. In case you search for the dictionary definition of what tokenism means, then that is it.’
A spokesman for ITV and Alison Hammond informed Metro.co.uk: ‘To recommend that Alison’s place on This Morning is a results of something aside from expertise and recognition with viewers is totally unfaithful.’
The presenter, who had her first style of telly as a contestant on Huge Brother, was additionally stated to be anxious about changing her good good friend Ruth. Nonetheless she gave Alison her blessing.
On Ruth and Eamonn’s final Friday episode Alison sent a message to the couple, calling them ‘a category above the remaining’.
The pair are nonetheless a part of the This Morning internet hosting workforce and can fill in for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on key holidays.
Alison and Dermot’s first episode will air on January 8, 2021.
This Morning returns January 4 at 10am on ITV.